Unleashing the Word: Preaching with Relevance, Purpose, and Passion

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Imagine announcing a new series of sermons and seeing worship attendance increase by 1,000 people on the first Sunday of the new series. Or consider a pastor developing sermon plans two to three years out. What kind of pastor sits in a bar with a notepad just looking for ideas for sermons? Or has as his aim to preach the best prepared, best researched sermons his congregation has ever heard? All of these and more explain part of the reason the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has grown from four people...

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Overview

Imagine announcing a new series of sermons and seeing worship attendance increase by 1,000 people on the first Sunday of the new series. Or consider a pastor developing sermon plans two to three years out. What kind of pastor sits in a bar with a notepad just looking for ideas for sermons? Or has as his aim to preach the best prepared, best researched sermons his congregation has ever heard? All of these and more explain part of the reason the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has grown from four people to over 10,000 in just thirteen years.

In Unleashing the Word, Adam Hamilton helps pastors and church leaders consider the purpose, planning, and execution of excellent preaching. He offers detailed descriptions of the sermon planning, writing and preaching process behind one of the fastest growing churches in the United States. He includes numerous personal anecdotes and enough sermon ideas to keep the average pastor busy for years! Finally, after you have read how sermons are planned and prepared at the Church of the Resurrection you can watch the included DVD which features four full-length sermons and other resources to help you apply what you’ve read in the book. If you only buy one book on preaching this year, this is the book you must buy!

Praise for Unleashing the Word:

"I wish I had read this book early in my thirty-eight year pastoral ministry. If so, I would have done a better job." —J. Ellsworth Kalas, Professor of Preaching, Asbury Theological Seminary.

“Unleashing the Word will be around a long time to help preachers preach the Word with power and conviction!” —Tyrone Gordon, Senior Pastor, St. Luke “Community” UMC, Dallas

“Hamilton offers a goldmine of practical advice…Pastor-preachers will benefit greatly by adopting and adapting Hamilton’s approach.” —O. Wesley Allen, Jr. Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Lexington Theological Seminary

“Anyone wanting to discover something about the art of preaching and its relationship to the life of a thriving congregation would be hard put to find any better reading resource.” —Charles Killian, Professor of Preaching and Storytelling, Asbury Theological Seminary

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  • ISBN-13: 9780687083152
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1 Preaching with Purpose 11
2 Developing a Preaching Plan 19
3 Writing the Sermon 29
4 Three Critical Ingredients 37
5 Using Video in Preaching and Worship 45
6 The Worship Planning Team 57
7 Fishing Expedition Sermons 61
8 Going Deeper 75
9 Caring for the Flock 87
10 Preparing God's People to Do the Work of the Ministry 93
11 Sermons to Strengthen the Church 103
12 Ideas for Advent and Christmas 111
13 Rethinking "Prophetic" Preaching 119
14 Weddings and Funerals 125
15 What to Do If 139
16 A Final Word to Preachers 147
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