Distilled Pulpit Wisdom From a Veteran

by Mark R. Hogan

Do your homework.

Don't shoot from the hip.

Do write out your text fully.

Don't treat the Scripture casually.

Do develop a preaching schedule.

Don't tie yourself slavishly to a pre-arranged text.

Do take advantage of current events.

Don't become sensational.

Do prepare a preaching outline.

Don't be afraid of acting on the inspiration of the moment.

Do carry an outline into the


Don't display the outline too overtly.

Do make eye contact with the congregation.

Don't try to intimidate.

Do use humor.

Don't crack jokes.

Do use correct grammar.

Don't go back to correct every mistake or misspeak.

Do read widely.

Don't neglect the reading of the Scripture.

Do glean from other preachers material.

Don't copy another preacher.

Do be yourself.

Don't fear personal growth.

Do speak clearly.

Don't rush or slur your words.

Do speak loudly enough to be heard in the last row of the auditorium.

Don't scream.

Do speak in vivid terms.

Don't use flowery speech.

Do use ample illustrative


Don't build skyscraper sermons (one story on top of another).

Do comfort.

Don't compromise.

Do confront evil.

Don't become cynical.

Do learn your strongest

preaching style.

Don't fear trying something new.

Do preach outside your own church.

Don't abandon your own pulpit.

From: MHogan10010@aol.com

Mark Hogan writes from a background of 17 years of pulpit experience.