This week I am going to share with the TNL Church community that it is necessary to look back in order to move forward. And that Advent presents a great time for engaging this kind of exercise.
With that I mind I started thinking abut the journey I have been on learning to preach and teach. When I first came to TNL several years ago I thought I knew how to preach. After all, they were looking for a teaching pastor and I have a doctrine in homiletics (preaching)! But, as I quiclky learned, there is still a wealth of things I can learn about preaching and teaching.
Since I consider preaching my “craft” I always want to be growing and developing my knowledge and skill. Here is a timeline or markers of my growth over the past few years:
- Teaching without a formalized structure.
- Submitting to a formal sermon structure: Andy Stanley’s “Me.We.God.You.We”
- Breaking from Stanley’s structure to allow for creativity.
- Figuring out how I preaching without notes.
- Collecting several structures from homeliticians (e.g. Lowry’s “Homiletical Plot”) and leveraging them depending on the text.
- Learning to own and preach from the Gothic Theatre‘s elevated, performance lit, concert stage.
- Experimenting with 3DM’s “teacher” gift paradigm and adapting it for preaching (Information, Transformation, Integration).
- Understanding which sermon structure best utilizes my gifts, talents and skill set.
All of this is helping me navigate my way to the next learning station I need to encounter in order to continue my growth and development.
Can you plot the growth in your “craft?”
Where is that trajectory taking you next?