I enjoy consistency and routine as much as the next guy. There is a comfort in having a system and being able to rely on that system day in and day out. When it comes to sermon preparation my system remains very consistent, the same thing week in and week out. I think that is the best way to approach things. When it comes to the actual delivery of the sermon I try to change things up though. Even if it is just a little thing here or there variation in sermon delivery is important.
A lot of us have a go to structure, we do the same thing week in and week out. We execute this very well week in and week out. But without some variation in delivery that structure will grow stale with our audience.
Brandon wrote on creativity HERE and it is a very important quality for regular communicators. Here are three reasons it is important to be creative and switch up your delivery every once in a while.
IT HELPS ENGAGE YOUR AUDIENCE
Even through there might be a comfort with you and even with your audience on how you preach week in and week out. There is something to be said for risking it and switching it up. Whether you are going to tell a first person narrative or preach deductively instead of inductively or interview an important person to your faith community your audience will appreciate the variety and be engaged-even if you fail a little at the experiment. Experimentation, though, will be appreciated by those who listen to you week in and week out.
IT GROWS YOUR PREACHING
Experimenting and being creative will grow your preaching ability. It will make you more flexible if you can deliver the first person narrative in a thrilling manner as well as be able to deductively state a timeless truth and definitively support the truth. Flexibility in your preaching can only be a positive-for you and your listener.
IT ALLOWS FOR TIMELESS TRUTH TO BE SEEN IN A NEW LIGHT
Much of a preacher’s given audience week in and week out are people who grew up in church and have heard multiple sermons on many of the foundational passages of the Christian faith. This can cause truths to go over heads as certain people check out of the sermon. When we use creativity and when we are flexible with our sermon delivery these people might be able to hear the timeless truths of these timeless passages all over again like it is the first time.
As you preach and communicate week in and week out I know it is tempting to craft a perfect system and delivery methodology- but I challenge you to grow beyond that routine.
Your preaching will be better for it!