Sermon Handouts and Listening Notes: Pros and Cons

To do or not to do, that seems to be the question when it comes to sermon handouts and listening notes. Every pastor has their own opinion on this topic. Some avoid sermon notes because they feel it restricts their freedom during sermon delivery. If they provide an outline of their sermon and then opt […]

Learning Styles: How to Lose More Than Half Your Audience Before You Start

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Think back for a moment to your high school or college days. What classes would you label your favorites? Why? Now think about how you enjoy learning today? Do you like to learn in a solitary environment where it is just you and a book and you can think deeply? Do you like to learn […]

Evaluating Your Sermon Series

Getting honest feedback about how you are doing as a teacher is invaluable. In a classroom environment, how your students are learning can provide feedback on how you are doing as a teacher. In a church setting, getting relevant feedback can be difficult, unless you ask for it. At First Family, we value input from […]

Sermons in the Age of Twitter

The weekly sermon is as much a part of the traditional worship service as the bulletin and singing the doxology at the conclusion. But wait, we don’t sing the doxology at the conclusion of the service, and more and more churches are moving away from a printed bulletin in favor of a digital version. So […]

How to Teach The Entire Bible: A Long-Range Approach To Sermon Planning and Development

During my 20-plus years in full-time ministry, I’ve seen a wide variety of teaching methods employed on Sunday mornings. While I have never served as a full-time teaching pastor, my role typically involves a lot of planning and development of support materials and coordinated teaching curriculum. In this blog post, I want to provide you […]

Two Words That Open the Door to Unlimited Learning

Jeff Charbonneau was named 2013 National Teacher of the Year for a reason. The man gets involved. In his small school in Zillah, Washington, a community of only 3,000 people, Charbonneau wears many hats. He’s the high school chemistry teacher. He’s also the yearbook teacher and the assistant drama teacher. He used to be the […]