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Today's Devotional Insight...
Building a Preaching Team – Part II: Calendars, Rhythms and Getting Everyone on the Same Page
Some time ago I wrote about some of the reasons that we were beginning to pursue a preaching team strategy at BBC. You can find that article here. It got a fairly significant and diverse response from right across the world. The responses mixed from applause to cynicism, but behind all of those responses lay a few common questions. How are you actually going to implement that? How does it all work in practicality? What do your meeting rhythms look like? How do you plan the calendar?
So, today I wanted to share some of the simple things that we have been doing with the team here. We certainly aren’t experts, but we are seeing some real fruit of development and growth in the team through our efforts. I am sure that this would need to be adapted to your context to make it fit, and I am also sure that there will be some practical things that we won’t do a year from now as we will find more effective means of achieving the same ends, but this is a reflection of how we currently operate.
Pick Your Team, and Treat Them Like a Team
It might seem obvious, but if you are going to have a preaching team, then you need to think about who is on that team, and you need to give them the dignity and live with sufficient integrity to function as a genuine plurality and not just some fans gathered around a Preaching Pastor. We have seen some implement teams in such a way that just gathers others around to hear the primary communicator’s ideas and to preach one person’s already written sermon outlines. We wanted greater plurality than that, and so wanted to dignify people with real and meaningful roles and contributions on the team.
Today’s Pastoral Resource...
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