Five Reasons Pastors Should Start Their Sunday Sermon Preparation on Monday

Thom Rainer
Thom Rainer

I love listening to pastors.

I love learning from pastors.

And as I listen and learn, it is my desire to share that information with you, the readers of this blog.

Lately, I’ve been hearing many pastors talk about the importance of doing most of their sermon preparation on Monday. To be sure, this approach does not apply to all pastors, but I thought it would be helpful to learn why many of them value Monday as their key day for sermon preparation. Here are five key reasons:

  1. Pastors’ workweeks are crazy and unpredictable. There are too many possible interruptions for pastors during the week. It is imperative for a number of them to get the sermon preparation done as early as possible.
  2. It reflects the priority of preaching in pastors’ ministries. For a number of pastors, Monday sermon preparation reflects the priority of preaching in their ministries. It is too important to wait until later in the week when there may be inadequate time left to prepare.
  3. It allows for more fine-tuning during the week. If most of the work is done on Monday, pastors can adjust or add to their sermons during the week. This option is not available for “Saturday night specials.”

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