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
• Don't fear trying something new.
• Do preach outside your own church.
• Don't abandon your own pulpit.
Mark Hogan writes from a background of 17 years of pulpit experience.