Everything you ever wanted to know about the Preaching Ministry...
...and a few things you NEVER wanted to know! (Shhhhh!)
Ok, let's get it out of the way right up front, because I know you are wondering about it.
No, our domain name is not in the dictionary yet, but in my humble opinion, it should be. I know I could have just used a real word like hermeneutics or homiletics or exegetical in my domain name, but "preachology" says it all...and it's not quite as stuffy as those other words.
Let's be honest. Sometimes we like to use big words when we deliver a message, because it implies we are smart or at least "smarter than thou."
The problem is that nobody knows what we are talking about and that can't be good for their spiritual growth. Let's make it real because that works better in the real world with real people, to whom we are ministering.
Now there's nothing wrong with those other words, the stuffy ones that is. I used them a lot when I was teaching in Bible colleges and Universities. Of course, I was a little more stuffy myself in those days. I'll tell you more about myself later.
But maybe we need a little less stuffiness in the ministry these days! I'm not saying tradition or formality is bad, in its proper place. I'm only saying it's wrong when it becomes more important than reality.
It's wrong when it hinders the development of real life relationships with those to whom we minister. I don't know about you, but I don't want to be fake!
We need ministers who are willing to get their hands dirty and get involved with people, you know, human beings on planet earth. Those real world people are not going to come to us, up on the pedestal, where we have placed ourselves.
We must go to them and relate to them...no matter who they are, how they are, or where they are.
Preachology is from the words "preach" (to deliver a sermon) and "ology" (any science or branch of study).
Of course, it is also an "art" (a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation). (Definitions from Word Web-Princeton University)
So, my definition? "The science and art of preaching." It's a craft performed by a real person. And we will talk much more about that craft later.
My goal for this web site is to provide a virtual handbook or online ministers manual for this ministry...all at one location. I'm also hoping we can learn together how to make Christian ministries real.
In general, this online guidebook and workbook will include a discussion of THE MESSENGER, THE MESSAGE, and THE MINISTRY. We will also include a MISCELLANEOUS section for housekeeping. You can see what's coming by looking at these section pages. (Capitalized words on the navigation bar.)
Here's how it breaks down. Alright, in the terminology of the ministry, here's the outline. And that would be the online outline, as it were. Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
- Who is the minister?
- How does he become a pastor or a minister?
- What are his clergy qualifications?
- How does he prepare himself for Christian ministries?
- How does he get his biblical inspiration?
- How does the servant of God continue in the ministry?
...and we'll answer much more.
- What does the minister say?
- How does the minister study for his sermon?
- How does the minister write or build a sermon?
- How does the pulpiteer deliver his sermon?
- May I have some free sermons?
(Ok, I'll go ahead and answer that one...yes, I'll give
you plenty of free sermons and sermon outlines.)
...and we'll answer much more.
- Who does the minister speak to and minister to?
- Where does he get education for the ministry?
- Where does he find churches seeking pastors?
- How does the preacher minister to his people?
- When does the minister counsel or minister to his people?
- What can a minister expect from his people?
...and we'll answer much more.
Who Can Benefit?
This web site will benefit anyone, man or woman, who proclaims the truth of God's Word in any official or unofficial capacity. That would include pastors, teachers, evangelists, missionaries, as well as any lay ministers and teachers. I especially want to help those who have just become a pastor, those who are starting a ministry and especially the young preacher.
Anyone who has, who is, or who will in the future proclaim the truth of Scriptures can benefit from this web site. You can also be a benefit to other ministers who congregate at this web site and share biblical inspiration.
I honestly want my website, in some way, to help educate, edify, and encourage all who visit. There are many ministries and churches seeking pastors and I want them to be ready for the call.
But fellow ministers, I need your help. I pray you will contribute your opinions, your sermons, your poems, your illustrations, and your stories. I want other ministers to be inspired by you and your work as well.
The bottom line is...we need each other.
To that end this website was created.
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When you confirm your subscription, I would like to give you, as a free gift, one of my favorite books, "Power Through Prayer" by E.M. Bounds. You can download this book after you confirm your subscription. Here's the process:
Step 1: Click here...The Preaching Ezine.
Step 2: Fill out brief form and subscribe.
Step 3: See and read "Thank You" page.
Step 4: Receive "Thank You" email.
Step 5: Click on "Confirmation" link on email.
Step 6: See and read "Confirmation" page.
Step 7: Download ebook, "Power Through Prayer."
Step 8: Recieve "Confirmation" email.
Step 9: ENJOY!
Also, please subscribe to my free Mini-Blog. This RSS feed is a small blog about the preaching ministry (kind of a journal), which will let you know whenever any new or changed web pages appear.
It will also keep you up-to-date with other special postings and points out some of our super-special past information that you might otherwise miss, like free sermons and ministry helps. Click on "Preaching Blog" on my NavBar to the left of the page.
Someone once said to a minister and I sense them saying it to me now, "speak up or shut up."
So, let's get started...
You can use the navbar to the left of every page or scroll through the table of contents below.
- Ministers Are the Messengers in Ministry
- Summary of the ministers or "messenger" section of Preachology.com, a virtual ministry manual covering the messenger, the message and the ministry.
- Called To Preach?
- Are you called to preach? How do you know? What does that mean?
- Preachers Have a Life Too, You Know?
- The Preachers personal life exposed...the good, the bad, and the ugly!
- Christian Inspiration for Preachers Too?
- Christian inspiration is essential for preachers too. Where do you get your inspiration and spiritual strength?
- Christian Beliefs of the Preacher
- The Christian beliefs of a preacher make a difference in what he preaches and teaches.
- Christian Leadership Character Traits
- Christian leadership must have positive character traits or it is not real Biblical leadership.
- Clergy Books for the Preacher's Personal Library
- Clergy books that help the Preacher develop in his personal relationship with the Lord are very important to him and his ministry.
- Sermons Communicate the Biblical Message Publicly
- Summary of the sermons or "message" section of Preachology.com, a virtual ministry manual covering the messenger, the message and the ministry.
- Bible Sermons Come in a Variety of Types
- Bible sermons types are defined and evaluated, both negatively and positively.
- Bible Scripture Is Just a Part of Sermon Preparation
- Bible Scripture selection is just part of the process of sermon preparation. There is much to think about, collect, and study to be properly prepared to preach.
- Bible studies Are the Heart of the Sermon
- Bible studies are the heart of the sermon, but let's trace the sermon from God to the preacher to the hearer.
- Sermon Building - How Is It Done?
- Sermon building is sermon central of the message writing process. It's after the study and before the delivery.
- Sermon Illustrations Personalize Biblical Truth
- Sermon illustrations of all kinds (stories, quotes, jokes, poems, dramas, audios, videos, powerpoints, pictures, visual aids) are freely available to help you personalize Biblical truth.
- Preaching Sermons Effectively Is Hard Work
- Preaching sermons well is part of the science and art of preaching described in preachology.com. Can anyone deliver a sermon?
- Free Sermons for Busy Preachers
- Free sermons can be a blessing to the busy preacher, especially if they are bi-vocational and have a family too.
- Bible Study Outlines
- Bible study outlines are sermon seeds or sermon starters that can help the preacher get going in his sermon study and preparation.
- Got Sermons and Sermon Outlines to Share?
- Sharing your sermons and sermon outlines will go a long way in encouraging other preachers.
- Your Online Sermon Page
- Do you have an online sermon page? Now is your chance to have your own page to publish your sermons.
- Preaching Books for the Preacher's Sermon Library
- Preaching books that help the Preacher study the Bible, build and deliver sermons are very beneficial to him and his ministry.
- Christian Work Involves More than the Preaching
- Summary of the Christian work or "ministry" section of Preachology.com, a virtual ministry manual covering the messenger, the message and the ministry.
- Spiritual Leadership. What Is It and Who Has It?
- Spiritual leadership is leadership that makes things happen in the Christian Ministry.
- Ministry Style Helps Determine the Leader's Role
- Ministry style not only helps determine the type of leader you are, it also helps determine the type of followers you have.
- Christian Ministry Jobs
- Christian ministry jobs vary greatly. A job description of the major preaching ministries will help one determine his direction in ministry.
- Ministry Teams
- Ministry teams vary in size and type, but they are essential to the success of any ministry.
- Feed the Flock
- Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre (money), but of a ready mind. (1 Peter 5:2)
- Ministry Books for the Preacher's Ministry Library
- Ministry books that help the Preacher develop his ministry skills are very beneficial to him and his ministry.
- Web Ministry Miscellaneous
- This is the web ministry housekeeping section for Preachology.com...A comprehensive virtual preaching manual and workbook. This guidebook covers everything you ever wanted to know about the ministry..
- The Preaching Blog
- The Preaching Blog keeps you up-to-date with all additions and changes to the Preachology.com Web site, including new sermons and helps.
- The Preaching Ezine
- "The Preaching Ezine" is the newsletter of preachology.com providing updates and free sermons and sermon helps.
- Preachology is a ministry for educating and encouraging young preachers, empowering and enriching busy preachers, as well as refreshing and refueling discouraged preachers in their preaching ministry.
- Mark Hollingsworth
- Mark Hollingsworth's brief ministry history leading up to the web ministry of Preachology.com.
- Contact Me at Preachology.com
- Contact me at preachology.com with ideas, with comments, with suggestions, or contact me for help.
- Ministry Websites
- Ministry Websites that help us in our ministry are very valuable resources because they can not only inspire us and encourage us, but they can also help us in the actual performance of the ministry.
- Online Ministry Sitemap
- An online ministry sitemap for Preachology.com. All about the messenger, the message, and the ministry.
- Preachology SiteSearch
- Preachology SiteSearch allows you to search the Preaching Ministry at Preachology.com and the web.
- Preaching News Around the World
- Preaching News is a valuable way to keep up with the Christian Preaching Ministry around the world.
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