As a 2 year old church we have only a small pool of preachers, most of whom are in “full time” paid Christian ministry. This means our preaching is often limited in application, we are only hearing from a limited number of voices and ofcourse our preachers are getting older. To get some fresh blood into the preaching team we have developed a tag team preaching team for January.
This involves pairing up an experienced preacher with a developing preacher and asking them to share the 30 minute teaching on a Sunday morning. The two preachers will prepare together but have liberty to use their 30 mins in any way they like – 6 five minute talks, 2 fifteen minute talks or any other combination they chose.
We are working through the book of Malachi is 6 sessions and will do some group preparation together as well so there is a flow and consistency to the sermon series.
Here are some of the values that we agreed for our preaching team:
1. Like Jesus we want to try to be accessible and profound in our preaching so that people exploring the christian faith, new christians and mature christians are encouraged, informed, challenged from God’s word in our Sunday preaching.
2. Interaction is something we value in our preaching and care and attention needs to be given to questions – we need to be pastorally sensitive, leave enough time for questions and allow the congrgation to ask questions not just be asked questions. We are looking for a benchmark of two interactive elements on a Sunday morning preaching session.
3. In tag team preaching we need to watch the time so we don’t spill over the 30 min total time we have allotted – we can use the 30 mins in any combination of the two preachers – 6 five minute slots or 2 fifteen minute slots or anything in between.
4. We want to create a culture of mutual encouragement, critique and consistency so we will look for ways the preaching team to encourage and be a friendly critic of each other’s preaching. We believe we can teach an old dog new tricks – so this applies to the experienced preachers as well as the developing ones.
I encouraged the group to get hold of a copy of the book Made to Stick as an excellent and readable book on communication theory. I warmly recommend it to all preachers.