This post is mostly for bi-vocational pastors. You are a busy group of pastors. You work another job, take care of family, and do as much ministry as you can in your free time.
You already know that the most important work you can do, after loving and serving your family, it to just be there for your church family. There are crises and emergencies that require your attention and attendance, and sometimes message prep time gets used up.
We have a suggestion for you! What if you chose an online option for a short series at your church? There are so many really good messages that could truly teach your people significant spiritual truth – why let them hang out on the Internet, doing your church family no good?! Use them and use them up!
Here is a short list of pastors who have much of their sermon and series libraries online. These messages are available for free, and some of them also have message notes and small group discussion questions to accompany them. Just in this list there are thousands of messages and hundreds of series.
Craig Groeschel at http://www.lifechurch.tv/watch/
Andy Stanley at http://northpoint.org/messages/
Greg Boyd at http://whchurch.org/blog
Bruxy Cavey at http://www.themeetinghouse.com/teaching/sermon-archives/
David Whiting at http://www.northridgerochester.com/Media/Series
Rick Warren at http://saddleback.com/watch/media/series
Bill Hybels at http://media.willowcreek.org/category/weekend/
Kerry Shook at http://www.fotw.org/media
Greg Surratt at http://www.seacoast.org/resources/
Pastors, especially bi-vocational pastors – we could not do this just ten years ago! Today there are more delivery systems than ever before to bring great messages to your church family. This is one way to do it.
If you use some of these messages, let your church family know ahead of time what you are going to do. Let them know that this is for you to get a few weeks rest and renewal, and then just push play.
Jeff & Jonny
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