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Do you preach from an outline or manuscript?

 
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Post Do you preach from an outline or manuscript? roughridercog
I prefer outline because it gives me more flexibility and I have prior experience in public speaking using outlines.

Your preference?
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Manuscript - which looks like a coloring book - I color code.
I am usually very familiar with the manuscript and the colors codes make me stay on track.
I have cut back on my rabbit trails in a huge way and dropped down to around 30 minutes or less for the main message.
It has produced good results.
Plus it gives time for ministry when needed.
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Post Yes I Do FG Minister
I use an outline or a manuscript. But always a manuscript. I heard one pastor say "I use a full manuscript in case I don't get anointed." Acts-celerater
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Post Roughrider...some thoughts Aaron Scott
For decades, my dad always preached from an outline. He could quote verses by heart to an amazing extent (still can). But I don't know if it was age, the coming of Bible programs and word processors, or perhaps a desire to leave a better record of his sermons as a legacy--or none of the above--but he has went to a manuscript style for the last few years.

I always preach from a manuscript, even though I will digress or add additional spoken comments as I feel the need. I do so because, for one thing, I may not be that good at doing an outline. The other reason is that I would hate to leave out some really good part because it slipped my mind.

I tend to think that my dad, now 81, likely uses a manuscript now because it is easy, at his age (and mine!) to perhaps overlook something you very much wanted to say. But, yeah, back in the day, he was hammer down.

I also create a manuscript so that I can, with a few slight changes (e.g., perhaps taking out references that would apply only to my church), I can post my sermon to our church's Facebook page.

While I don't know if my written sermons are very impressive, it is for sure that my preached sermons are even less so. I just hope that I am, indeed, like Paul was--where my written sermons are more weighty than my physical presence.

I dare say that we all have to find the way that works best for us. Some are gifted at extemporaneous preaching...others aren't. I can speak that way on some subject or another, perhaps, but preaching an actual sermon, I doubt I'd be very good at that.
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Post skinnybishop
Manuscript.

Thoughts flow as I write. I have a hard time conveying what I haven't written, for some reason.
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Post Manuscript 4thgeneration
When I was a wee lad in MIP we visited a church as part of the program. The pastor asked how many used an outline. I raised my hand with others. I had learned from my dad and used his model of a color coded outline. (Went through a lot of highlighters in those days).
He explained his reason for using a manuscript. He said, if you pastor you won't want to lose vital resources that you have used before. And if you look at an old outline and it says "story about mother and child," you won't remember what that story was. But if it's in manuscript you will have it.
It took me awhile, but I've developed the ability to prepare and preach from manuscript without being married to the pulpit or the iPad. Oh yeah, that's another transition I made some years ago. No more paper notes.
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I was called to preach in 1974. We attended the same church Billy Swain (S. Ga.) attended. Billy was in the process of building his house in 74. He asked if I would like to ride to another city with him where he was in revival. On the way he asked if I would preach that night. I was not about to preach for the best known preacher in our state for him. So he gave me some advice. He suggested I write down everything I was going to say when I preached. He went on to say you may not use all of it but it is good to have in you need it.

I tried to follow his advice but that simply did not work for me.

I admire you who can. I use a lot of scripture so my notes are some outline with many scriptures. This works for me.

Since I am retired from pastoring I don't get to preach near as much as I would like.

Planning to go to Eatonton Ga soon to preach and to N. Fl to preach for one of our Actscelerators soon.
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Post Thanks for reminding me! Aaron Scott
JLarry wrote:
I was called to preach in 1974. We attended the same church Billy Swain (S. Ga.) attended. Billy was in the process of building his house in 74. He asked if I would like to ride to another city with him where he was in revival. On the way he asked if I would preach that night. I was not about to preach for the best known preacher in our state for him. So he gave me some advice. He suggested I write down everything I was going to say when I preached. He went on to say you may not use all of it but it is good to have in you need it.

I tried to follow his advice but that simply did not work for me.

I admire you who can. I use a lot of scripture so my notes are some outline with many scriptures. This works for me.

Since I am retired from pastoring I don't get to preach near as much as I would like.

Planning to go to Eatonton Ga soon to preach and to N. Fl to preach for one of our Actscelerators soon.





I think the last time we tried to connect, you had something going on. I have a 20-minute window coming up--are you in??? (SMILE)
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4thgeneration wrote:
When I was a wee lad in MIP we visited a church as part of the program. The pastor asked how many used an outline. I raised my hand with others. I had learned from my dad and used his model of a color coded outline. (Went through a lot of highlighters in those days).
He explained his reason for using a manuscript. He said, if you pastor you won't want to lose vital resources that you have used before. And if you look at an old outline and it says "story about mother and child," you won't remember what that story was. But if it's in manuscript you will have it.
It took me awhile, but I've developed the ability to prepare and preach from manuscript without being married to the pulpit or the iPad. Oh yeah, that's another transition I made some years ago. No more paper notes.



I agree. If I don't write it out, sooner or later I'll not remember what it was.

The other good thing about a manuscript is it allows you to preach that sermon again without having to reinvent the whole wheel.

I have never preached the SAME sermon twice...even if I started with a manuscript that I preached before. As I would study on it, meditate on it, etc., I always find additional things to add. Further, it is also the case that I usually find a part that I delete.

The first time I preach a sermon, I put the date on it (on the manuscript, as well as in the file name).

If I happen to preach it again, I add the new date (while retaining the old date), save it under the OLD file name...the SAVE AS under a new file name and/or date. This way, if go looking through sermons in, say, 2014, I can see that I preached it in, say, 2020. If I didn't have those dates, I might forget I had preached it so recently, and do it again.

As it is, if I am reading over old sermons trying to find some inspiration, I typically don't read over anything I preached within the last three years or so. I figure by then that it's not only acceptable to preach it again, but folks won't quite remember it (if I'm lucky!). Frankly, sometimes I don't even remember it that well!

I am a MUCH better preacher on paper than I am in the pulpit.
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Post Aaron JLarry
If you can make that a 30 minute window, I am in.
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Do any of you manuscript guys sound like you are reading? Acts-perienced Poster
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I will use an outline if I happen to be preaching a topical sermon. When I’m preaching expositionally, I usually just preach from the passage itself without notes. [Insert Acts Pun Here]
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Post JLarry... Aaron Scott
JLarry wrote:
If you can make that a 30 minute window, I am in.


My phone is utterly dead (having trouble charging). Please message me your phone number (since I can't access it in my phone)...and some dates you'll be available.
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Post Depends Rafael D Martinez
Early on in the ministry it was strictly outline and I would "free preach", that is, use the outline as the guide to the sermon. But that lends itself to a topical approach and if I want to do expository preaching, I do manuscripts. While pastoring, I stick only to them. But other places I've done combinations of the two. It's never been quite the same. JMHO.
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