In The Peoples' Sermon, Shauna K. Hannan argues that it is no longer faithful for a preacher to craft a sermon in isolation, step into "the pulpit" (literally or metaphorically) on Sunday morning, offer a one-sided monologue, and on Monday start all over, alone, with the process of researching and writing in preparation for the following Sunday.
Hannan's goal is to create vital worshipping communities where all know and live out their roles in the preaching ministry of the congregation, where both clergy and laity are empowered and equipped in their roles before, during, and after the sermon. She encourages readers to reflect on what preaching is and why the church engages in this practice, and to explore various roles in the preaching ministry of the congregation. She guides readers and their communities through a process that equips hearers to fulfill their active roles in the preaching ministry of the congregation.
The Peoples' Sermon dares to suggest that preaching is most faithful when it is collaborative. Pastors do not own the pulpit; they steward it.
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Table of Contents
1 What Is Preaching? 1
2 Why Preach? 21
3 The Case for Collaboration 51
4 Feedforward: Collaborative Sermon Preparation 71
5 Feed: Stewarding the Pulpit 97
6 Feedback: Beyond Ego Strokes and Ego Strikes 131
7 Next Steps: Putting It All Together 159
Appendix A Sample Letters to Congregation Members 177
Appendix B Sample KWHL Chart 183
Appendix C Sample Feedback Forms 189