“Clergy Guide to Sermon Preparation” is designed for seasoned clergy who are always on the lookout for new ideas. A section on “Quick Tips for Preparing Sermons” serves as a checklist of reminders for how to write for the ear and craft sermons which grab listeners to create vibrant, contemporary, and creative messages. Also included: “How to Keep Weeks Ahead… and why you should.” The book explains how preparing weeks in advance maximizes your flexibility, permits coordination with other worship leaders, promotes coming sermons to the congregation, demonstrates that as a professional you are prepared, stimulates creativity, wins the appreciation of office staff, reduces anxiety and, once you get ahead, it is the exact same amount of work but without the stress. With all those benefits, why not master the art of keeping ahead? Alfred North Whitehead wrote "Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them." Ideas are the lifeblood for busy clergy who must prepare fifty or more original and creative sermons a year. Clergy are always watching for new ideas. “Clergy Guide to Sermon Preparation” provides forty sermon ideas and outlines, rich with illustrations, stories, quotations, and organized points to help apply the bible’s teachings to the everyday lives and needs of your listeners. There is every confidence that once you discover a good idea for a sermon, you will know what to do with it and can run with it, well-equipped with some material to undergird your own sermon preparation.