This workflow for preparing a sermon is adapted from “Weaving the Textual Web” by Ralph West from the book Power in the Pulpit: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare their Sermons, edited by Cleophus J. LaRue. The material is adapted with the permission of the author and the publisher.
The workflow walks you through the preparation process for writing a biblical sermon with relevant applications. The preacher’s essential task is to communicate the Word with the centrality of Christ in proclamation. Preparing a sermon is like weaving a web from many components, much like a textile crafts worker weaves multicolored fabric from single fibers. Just as weaving is an intricate process, so is the writing of a sermon.
Upon completing the workflow, you will have given thought to your overall plan for several sermons and written a manuscript for an upcoming service.
This workflow is based on chapter 12 of Power in the Pulpit: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare their Sermons.