Why doesn't preaching work?
"Why do I spend all this time on these sermons if people forget almost everything I say by the time they’re halfway home?!?” - Every Pastor (at some point)
Can preaching transform anything?
We all want our preaching to transform people's lives. So why doesn't this happen more often? Why does preaching seem to have so little affect on our Monday through Saturday lives?
Adventures in powerless preaching
Are you frustrated with the seeming ineffectiveness of your sermons? I can relate.
I'm Matt Tebbe, one of the cofounders of Gravity Leadership, and I'll be teaching this live online workshop.
I've been preaching regularly for sixteen years, but for most of those years I had NO IDEA what I was doing. I was discouraged by the almost complete lack of transformation and breakthrough in my churches.
But in the last few years, through failure, suffering, wrestling in prayer, and experimentation, I've learned a few lessons about how to preach in a way that brings true transformation to those who listen and respond.
We believe that preaching for mission that makes disciples is DESPERATELY needed in the North American church. The problem is most of the preaching we learn to do in seminaries and hear on podcasts doesn't lead to real transformation. It doesn't make disciples to live on mission.
A template for truly transformational preaching
So we're very excited to bring you this live interactive workshop on Preaching For Transformation on February 15, 2018 from 12-3pm EST.
You will gain insight, wisdom, and practical tools that will make a difference the very next Sunday!
What you'll learn
Why most preaching is so ineffective
Discover the 4 prevailing preaching pitfalls that keep our sermons ineffective (And... see what we did there with the alliteration?)
How to capture the imagination
Learn how to ignite the imagination in your preaching, instead of only informing the intellect.
The difference between teaching and preaching
Find out the crucial difference between teaching and preaching, and why it matters
How to help people respond
Learn how to call for a response of surrender, instead of offering application ideas.
How transformation actually happens
Learn how people change, and how our preaching can either help or hinder the transformation process.
How to order your sermon
Learn how to structure a sermon to open space for transformation.
The Gravity Leadership folk are the real deal. Taking Jesus as their primary reference point, they help churches develop discipleship practices that can go to scale. Thumbs up!”Alan Hirsch, author and missional pioneer
After coaching with Matt, my preaching began to change... People started giving feedback, but not on how great the sermons were, but on how Sunday worship (including the sermon) had begun to impact daily life for church members.Jonathan Fettig, Senior Pastor, Media Presbyterian Church
Is this a webinar?
No, this will be a live online workshop via video call. It will be highly interactive, with lots of time for back-and-forth Q&A and hands-on training and feedback. It will look a bit like the image below:
Will you record the workshop?
Yes, but this will be for the benefit of those who actually attend the workshop. If you can't attend the workshop, don't purchase it! (Or better yet, re-arrange your schedule so you can attend.)
Is there anything I need to do ahead of time?
Glad you asked! You can come in "cold" and still benefit, but we will ask you to bring any notes you have for an upcoming sermon, and a willingness to dive in and participate. This won't be something you can "listen in on." Come prepared to work!
You may also find it helpful to read our article 4 Kinds Sermons That Will Cripple Discipleship and watch the webinar at the end.
Can our staff participate as a group?
Because of the nature of the workshop, it won't work very well to have a group of people trying to participate with one computer. Every participant will need their own computer.
However, we will give you a group discount if you have more than 3 people. Contact us if you're interested in registering a group.
Is this a video series I can watch on my own time?
No, this is a live workshop that we're only doing once! It will be less of a "content presentation" and more of a hands-on training. We'll all be in the same "digital room" together. Here's another picture of one of these kinds of calls:
What happens after I sign up?
After you click the "Register Now" button, you'll be taken to the checkout page, where you'll enter your email address and payment information.
After that, you'll get an email from us with instructions on how to download the worksheets and get into the online workshop. Then we'll see you at the workshop!
What kind of tech will I need?
The workshop will be a group video conference call, so to participate, you need to have:
- A high-speed Internet connection
- A computer with a video camera and microphone
- A quiet space where you can focus and work