My Sermon Notes Style

in General on March 14, 2012

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The last few weeks, I’ve been narrowing down the notes I use for teaching on Sunday / Wednesday Nights.
At the beginning of the Year, I used my iPad that had the full transcript and would use a Teleprompter app to try and keep me moving. That was a complete disaster.
From there, I moved to still having the full transcript, but on printed paper, and a lot of bolded sentences and highlights here or there. It was ok, but it was still a mess, if I lost where I was on the sheet, I’d often miss out on important points, or repeat unnecessary ones.
The process kept getting a little more streamlined, and now has evolved into something that works great for me, but may not for you.

Youth Group lesson notes
Notes from last weeks Middle School Lesson

Essentially, I take one piece of paper, divide it into three sections, and fill in key points and verses there.
The first section, I put all the points that progress through the intro, and this includes either the recap of the last week or the last series, or direction of the series, then the direction for tonights talk, and opening transitional story to get the point in the students heads.
The second column is all about the meat of the message, the main points I have, the main scripture I have, whatever is the main takeaway for the night, this is what fills up this column.
Finally, the last column is my notes for the challenge and transition to break out groups. This is where the meat of the message gets driven home and the application comes out, as well as providing a challenge to respond to.
This may not be the best style of message delivery, but it sure works for me.
Youth Pastor sermon prep
Last weeks High School Message Notes

 

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Austin Mccann at 8:17 pm

Ben,
Thanks for sharing your notes and giving us a idea of how you write your sermons. When I speak, my notes look very traditional and have a hybrid of an outline and a manuscript. I usually study over my notes so much beforehand that when I get up to speak I rarely look down to follow my notes. Everyone has their own way of doing it.
Austin

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Austin Mccann at 4:17 pm

Ben,
Thanks for sharing your notes and giving us a idea of how you write your sermons. When I speak, my notes look very traditional and have a hybrid of an outline and a manuscript. I usually study over my notes so much beforehand that when I get up to speak I rarely look down to follow my notes. Everyone has their own way of doing it.
Austin

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Nick Farr at 9:02 pm

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing man!

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Nick Farr at 5:02 pm

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing man!

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Timothy Serrano at 7:50 pm

Thanks for sharing your style! I’ve been trying to figure out what works best for me when I’m speaking and so far it’s with my manuscript on my iPad.  In the beginning it didn’t go all that well, but now I think I’ve got the settings down so using it isn’t a distraction.

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Timothy Serrano at 3:50 pm

Thanks for sharing your style! I’ve been trying to figure out what works best for me when I’m speaking and so far it’s with my manuscript on my iPad.  In the beginning it didn’t go all that well, but now I think I’ve got the settings down so using it isn’t a distraction.

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