Preach the Word: It’s Still All About Jesus


Preaching is challenging business. Everyone can use some encouragement and fresh ideas.

Preach the Word (PTW) will help pastors work together to improve their preaching through video modules with accompanying resources and by interacting with seminary professors and fellow preachers.

Pastors can gather with brother pastors to watch and discuss the modules. The power of the Lutheran Reformation was the Word of God. Pastors may commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by honing their vocation of proclaiming the Gospel.



Here’s how it works:

  1. Form a triad or group setting such as a circuit meeting. Triad configurations are ideal.
  2. Each member of triad or group completes and submits an enrollment form. Upon submission of this form, the member will be asked to complete a short survey.
  3. Gather together using the module discussion guide to move through video-based lectures.
  4. Apply what you learned through the module and record your own sermon for peer review.
  5. Review your recorded sermon with triad members and receive feedback.
  6. Each member of triad or group completes and submits a completion form. Upon submission of this form, the members will again be asked to fill out a short survey.

A module delivery guide for leaders is available to help facilitate the nuts and bolts of meeting and using the resources.




Module 1 — The use of story in preaching by Rev. Dr. David Schmitt

Module 1: Introduction

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For preachers, the question arises, “How can a preacher use stories actively in preaching?”

This module will answer that question. Using the homiletical theory of Thomas Long, you will learn to distinguish between three types of stories and discover the principles that guide preachers in effectively using each type.

Module 1 — Activity Guide Module delivery guide for leaders


Module 1: Segment 1 of 3

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Module 1: Segment 2 of 3

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Module 1: Segment 3 of 3

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Module 2 — The use of biblical text in sermon preparation by Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy

Module 2: Introduction

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This module examines the role of the biblical text in sermon preparation and delivery, encouraging preachers to reflect on their use of the text in all aspects of their homiletical task. The Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy teaches textual preaching with this operating principle: Textual preaching engages a biblical text to the extent that the text itself drives the preparation, structure, content and texture of the sermon.

Module 2 — Activity Guide Module delivery guide for leaders

 

 

 

Module 2: Segment 1 of 3

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Module 2: Segment 2 of 3

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Module 3 — Delivering the Gospel live and in person by Rev. Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Because preaching is of utmost importance, it should be done in the way that communicates best. In our daily oral communication, we don’t read or memorize what we are saying to others. We talk naturally without preparing each individual word. Instead, we “think in thoughts.” Module 3 teaches how to “think in thoughts” in your sermon preparation and preaching, to deliver Christ in Law and Gospel.

Due to the complexity of this issue and its pervasive nature in both sermon preparation and delivery, this module requires more video resources than most modules.

Module 3 — Activity Guide Module delivery guide for leaders

 

Module 3: Segment 1 of 6

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Module 3: Segment 2 of 6

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Module 3: Segment 3 of 6

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Module 3: Segment 4 of 6

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Module 3: Segment 5 of 6

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Module 3: Segment 6 of 6

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Questions?

Contact Rev. Dr. James Baneck,
executive director, Pastoral Education

  • james.baneck@lcms.org
  • 888-843-5267 (THE LCMS)

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