ORIENTATION TO PASTORAL WORK, Session 3 – September 15, 2019 – PA.S.TO.R
Methodology: Monroe=s Mountain – A Process for Exegesis and Sermon Preparation
S – What does God desire in my SERMON this week? In my teaching?
R – What am I READING in order to support my ministry, preaching and teaching?
2 Timothy 3:14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is inspired* by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (*breathed out by God ESV)
- File sermons by the primary text. If it’s worth preaching, it’s worth wasting a file folder on it
Include all sermon materials in the folder – a worship bulletin, any notes you made in preparation, your manuscript and/or outline, any photocopies you made from books you own, anything printed off the internet, jokes or stories that relate, etc.
If it is a good text, you’ll be preaching on it again.
- If you are reading the bible or studying, and your study results in a piece of paper …
Create a folder with the name of that book of the Bible and drop any notes into it in order.
Keep notes with the Monroe Mountain format – imagine a page with three columns:
The left column is to list the human need or problem.
The middle column is to list questions and information about the sermon text.
The right column is for the divine solution, visualize it, and what to do to make it happen.
- Save computer files with the following template:
Bible passage that is the primary text + Date and place preached + Sermon Title
= Matthew 25 14 30 Date 2019_09_15 KWUMC Are you using your talent.docx
= Matthew 25 14 30 Date 2019_09_15 KWUMC Are you using your talent.pptx
- If you abbreviate books of the bible, use consistent abbreviations – Matthew, Matt or Mt
- Put a zero in front of single digit numbers … folder sorting will better keep them in order
In your reading …
Write in your books – develop your own list of symbols to mark in the margins.
Use yellow highlighters … if you photocopy a page, the highlight doesn=t show.
Make a mark in the top right hand corner – you can quickly flip through a book to find it.
If you plan to use a quote in a paper, make a note of it in the front pages of a book = page #.
Or write your idea on a post it note and put it in the book sticking out of the top edge.
If you read on a Kindle … or read your Bible on a Kindle …
Remember that you can copy/share up to 10% of a book or more to a document, Evernote, etc.
Color code your reading:
Yellow is for Interesting
Pink is for a human need or problem, anything negative.
Blue is for a solution, advice or a positive principle.
Orange indicates priority of purpose – you intend to use this someday – easier to find.
ORIENTATION TO PASTORAL WORK, Session 3 – September 15, 2019
Application: Common Sense about Worship SR: Sermons … Reading
The Good Samaritan Pastor on Sunday Morning: what would happen in your church?
PAYING THE RENT:
What specifically does your congregation expect in their worship?
- What decisions ABOUT WORSHIP are made by the pastor, shared, or delegated to a layperson?
Pastor as Gourmet Chef Principle: What causes a restaurant to be busy?
Micromanagement increases anxiety. Control creates conflict.
- What tasks are done IN WORSHIP by the pastor, shared, or delegated to a layperson?
How are you allowing people to share their gifts in worship?
1 Cor 14:26 What then, brethren? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
Oikodomeo = (1) edify/energize and (2) build up = connectional.
“Differentiation while remaining in touch” – Differentiation decreases congregational anxiety.
- Turn every I into a We. While worship has activities that the pastor does, it is a participation in the body of Christ. Worship is something that we do together. We are more than the audience.
Gee whiz show biz worship attracts consumers and fans rather than workers and followers. Team worship where everyone uses their gifts builds up better Christians who are more excited.
- Center for Parish Development Church Growth Principle: the essential characteristic of a growing church is that the laity are excited about what is happening in their church.
Is what you are doing in worship exciting the laity? If so, worship attendance will grow.
- What does it mean to be reliable & trustworthy? What does your congregation request of you?
Routines, Customs and Traditions IN WORSHIP – the Comfort Zone.
How are you doing with your congregation’s routines, customs and traditions?
All systems prefer a steady homeostasis, known as the comfort zone.
- The most certain way to kill any living thing is to try to change it. “Changer, Danger!”
Jerry Coker Jazz Improvisation Principle – Predictability: >50% = boring, <50% confusion, discomfort
Who are you trying to please? Who do you think you are? On what basis is your judgement?
- What does your congregation expect from a sermon? What is a “good” sermon?
How long? How biblical? How much story teller? How dramatic? How much confrontation?
What does God expect from a sermon?
- How long, O Lord? Attention span in 2000 = 12 seconds. 2015 = 9.5 seconds (goldfish).
Pictures help. Transitions help. Stories help. Emotions help. Lectures and parroting hurts.
My habit: 25-30 minutes. My goal: 15 minutes.
- Sermons as prescriptions … Matthew 7:20-29
Exegetical vs Topical … creates topical boundaries for limited work … avoids personalities
Series vs. Lectionary – 156 box pharmacy on three-year repetition … can you wait that long?
Write the sermon as a part of a series … some of your ideas this week are for later messages.
Milk vs. Meat – 1 Corinthians 3:1 3 – Save hard topics for small groups where questions can be asked.