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The 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching
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The 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching


B&H 2006

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The premise of this book is simple: Preachers can improve their preaching significantly by strengthening specific skills used in the preparation of expository sermons. Twelve Essential Skills for Great Preaching concentrates on twelve tasks that are necessary to the most effective sermon preparation:

  • Diagramming the text structure
  • Noting the text details
  • Asking research questions
  • Naming the text idea
  • Bridging from text to sermon
  • Writing sermon divisions
  • Balancing persuasive elements
  • Exploring natural analogies
  • Drawing pictures, telling stories
  • Touching human experience
  • Aiming for a faith response
  • Planning the oral presentation

Recent seminary graduates and seasoned pastors alike will easily identify skills that need personal improvement, and McDill encourages readers to address those areas at their own pace and in whatever order they feel is best. Every chapter of this new edition is revised and updated; also included are immensely helpful worksheets and real sermon examples.

Live up to your God-given gospel-sharing potential with Twelve Essential Skills for Great Preaching.

Product Details

  • Title: The 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching
  • Author: Wayne McDill
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 305

About Wayne McDill

Wayne McDill is senior professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His books have been translated into several languages for pastor-training around the world.