Preaching and the Mission of God
6-months, Limited to 12 people
"I'll help you develop your preaching in a holistic way."
"In a previous life, I preached for 15 years to audiences of all sizes. But if I had to preach today, I would be horrible. I would need major coaching. Why? The game of communication has changed dramatically in the last ten years. I sit regularly under Sean's preaching and can say firsthand that God's hand is on this man. Sean's ability to weave everyday stories into The Story makes his voice effective for the new day that is dawning in communication. Take Sean's course and learn the rules of the game. It will elevate your effectiveness for sure."
"Sean Palmer is a story-teller — a Southern story-teller if you want the precise genre."
1) Preaching and The Mission of God
What is the mission of God? From the opening pages of scripture, God has been moving everything toward a preferred future. In light of that, what does it mean to preach to a local community? How do communicators discern the will of God for the local church and how do we communicate how and why believers can be ushered into God’s work? Without connecting preaching to mission, we’re not communicating the gospel; we’re writing essays and giving speeches.
2) Preaching to Lead
A church is the most difficult organization in the word to lead. Why? We are volunteer based. Whether you serve a small church in a small town in the south or midwest or leading a large congregation in a city center. Preaching can be your most effective tools for leadership, if you know how to use it. Decisions aren’t made in meetings. They are made in the hearts of women and men captured by a new vision of the world.
3) Preaching Autobiography
Jesus preached himself. Paul preached about himself. Have you ever noticed how autobiographical the sermons of the Bible are? In the scriptures, women and men don’t share what they read or heard nearly as often as they communicate what they saw. You have a powerful, moving, redemption-filled story. You need to learn how to tell your story and others find their with-God life through hearing about yours. Preaching autobiography will change how your church engages their own hearts.
4) Storyboarding and Storytelling
Every communicator fears running out of stories to share. If not that, we worry about lifeless, dry messages that don’t touch people’s lived experiences. Learning to storyboard will keep your messages crisp, clear, and compelling. In this session, you will discover a powerful storyboarding skill to help you connect stories and tell them well in less time. Soon, you’ll be one of the best storytellers your friends and church know.
5) The Care of Souls
If you want to leave your ministry calling to do something else fast, the best way forward is to neglect your soul. Soul care is not something we do nearly to preach better. It’s not a utility. It is what we do to remain connected to God and have a continually deepening and rich relationship with God. This kind of connection allows the Spirit of God to use us as we share passionately to the people of God.
6) Preaching to Shape Your Community
A lot of great communicators “show up and blow up.” Their messages are inspiring, but they don’t move the needle in a local context. Leaders and communicators have the responsibility to shape their communities into Christ-likeness and the influence to do so. In this session, we will discern how to teach for spiritual formation and take advantage of the natural rhythms of the Christian community and local church for maximum effectiveness.
Sean Palmer is the Teaching Pastor at Ecclesia Houston, one of America’s most innovative and vibrant multi-site churches, serving a predominance of Millennials and young adults. Previously profiled in Christian Standard Magazine as one of “40 Leaders Under 40,” and with 21-years of ministry experience, Sean is a sought-after national keynote speaker, teacher, writer, and workshop facilitator. His writing has been featured on Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed, Sojourners, FOXNews.com, The Lookout Magazine and Christian Standard Magazine.
Sean is also a featured writer for Missio Alliance, co-host of Not So Black and White with Sean Palmer and John Alan Turner podcast, a contributing writer to The Voice Bible, and author of Unarmed Empire: In Search of Beloved Community, which has been called “the best book about the church.” Sean is also a frequent guest on a range of podcasts and has been featured on National Public Radio.
Sean studied Youth and Family Ministry at Abilene Christian University and Homiletics at the Austin Presbyterian Seminary, The Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University, and Fuller Seminary.
Sean and his wife, Rochelle, have been married for over 20-years and live near downtown Houston with their teenaged and pre-teen daughters. In his free time, Sean enjoys sports, fitness training, reading, playing board games and sharing life with his family, and cheering on the San Antonio Spurs and Manchester United Football Club.
Who is this for?
Senior, Teaching, and College Pastors
Leaders who who preach regularly
What do I get?
What do I invest?
$997 USD one-time payment. (no refunds after course begins)
Participation on live video calls for at least 5 of 6 months
Engagement in ‘Slack’ online community, sharing questions, ideas, and goals
Read books or articles Sean recommends for the sessions