You should write more often. Ah, I can hear the objection now, “I preach every week which means I am writing a sermon every week and I do not even consider myself a writer so that is enough for me”. Ok that is a valid point but there is so much development that comes with regularly writing that I think it is vital for every preacher to write more than you currently do.
Here are five reasons why you should write more:
Just like any good habit the task of writing once a day or three times a week beyond your sermon prep will further your self-discipline.
Writing helps you self reflect. Not just as you are writing which is certainly the case. But, also you can look back on what you wrote last month, last year and further and see how you have progressed and where you have come from.
Habitual writing and improvement in writing will help your communication both written and verbal. The more you write the better you will get at clearly communicating what you want to communicate.
Writing is good education for you. When you write you learn new things, new words, new ideas. Writing is a great way to stretch your brain.
You can have impact with your writing. Even just a short blog post a week for your members can have a great impact on their lives.
Here are five ways on how you can get started writing more:
One key to writing more is reading more. Reading good writing will help you become a better writer yourself.
Schedule it in Your Day
I like to get up early and put some words onto paper (actually words into a document). This way I know three days a week I will get some writing done.
When You Think of Something Instantly Jot it Down
If a writing idea pops into your head write it down. That is so easy today with the power of our smartphones. Just open up Evernote or Google Docs and go for it.
If you want to write regularly you are going to have to be intentional about it and grind through times when you are not feeling it. If you rely on only writing when you feel a great passion or need to write you will go long stretches without writing anything.
Have someone hold you accountable to write and share that writing. This will help you stay on track.
Writing is an important part of the preacher’s toolbox. How are you improving your writing? What are you currently working on? A book? A blog post? Let us know!
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