How to make sermon content more projectable
Preaching today is as simple as it was hundreds of years ago -- pray, study, proclaim. Modern distribution, however, now affords pastors a much more capacity for projection.
Each week, your sermon contains thousands of words of content. Most people speak around 150 words per minute, meaning that a 30 minute sermon can generate around 4,500 words. How much is 4,500 words?
But that's just scratching the surface of modern media opportunities for repurposed sermon content. Within these media opportunities, there are more opportunities for public square penetration:
- Guest blogging, guest editorials. News website and blogs thrive on fresh, winsome content and they are often open to contrarian and innovative positions.
- Tracts. If your sermon was good enough for 30 minutes live, could a distilled version in a tract also gain some traction in your community publications?
- Monographs or Booklets. You can verbally explain the Bible's take on the day's leading issues, or you could have a wall of monographs ready for pick up. These monographs are simply your distilled sermons on topical matters like marriage, parenting, theology, and so forth. Monographs are great tools for explaining more in-depth answers to questions like, What does God think about marriage? Abortion? Bankruptcy? The trinity? Caring for the poor?
- Email Newsletters. Gone are the days when you can simply load up a bunch of email addresses and press send. Today, most ISPs (like Gmail, etc.) tag that kind of email as spam, and besides your email not getting delivered, you can actually get into some legal trouble. Easy solution: start using an email platform like MailChimp, Delivra, Constant Contact.