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Adam Hamilton on Effective Worship and Preaching

Worship is like a “Soul Food Cafe:”

  • The discernment question for the congregation is “are we a 1 or 5 star restaurant? Are we serving a fresh, hot, tasty meal or warmed-over leftovers?”
  • The reality is that a majoirity people do not expect to have an experience of God or have their lives changed in worship.

Ideas for Improving Worship:

  • People must be “led” in worship.
  • Effective worship requires intentional design and effort (half of the hymns are sung about God and half of the hymns are sung to God – which hymn do you need and when?).
  • Five hours a week should be devoted to worship planning (theme, expectation, experience) and ten hours should be devoted to sermon preparation. Pastors need time to meditate on and research the sermon – guard this time at all costs.

The Aim of Preaching:

  • The aim of preaching is to fulfill the mission of the church.
  • You must discern the mission of the church in order to do direct your preaching (DUH).

The Three Components of Preaching That Connects:

  • Preachers must teach people something they did not know before.
  • Preachers must inspire people and touch the heart.
  • Preachers must issue a call to action.

Two Basis Sermon Types:

  • Movement from the BIBLE to EXEGESIS to APPLICATION to ILLUSTRATION.
  • Movement from HUMAN CONDITION to EXEGETE to BIBLE to ILLUSTRATE.
  • Adam alternates between these two patterns usually with the first pattern moving toward Christmas and Easter and the second pattern as a follow-up to Christmas and Easter.

Sermon Planning:

  • Adam spends one week a year planning his sermons for the next two years.
  • Adam asks his congregation before he leaves to plan his sermons this question: “Please tell me what sermon topics would help you grow?”

You can check out the video at this link: “Effective Worship and Preaching