Planning Ahead…Teaching topics

Just tweaked the teaching plan we’ve been working on for Sundays at Suncrest in the coming year.  Right now we are planned through mid-August 2009.  That is the furthest ahead we will ever be…and there will no doubt be plenty of revisions between now and then.  Two months ago, we were only planned through August 2008 with framework ideas for the fall.

The themes…Most people ask where we get the ideas for what to teach on.  For me, they come from a variety of sources.  I think what is taught is defining for a church.  It definitely tells people a lot about the values of your ministry.

In my role, my two major responsibilities at Suncrest are teaching and leading so I have the final call on what our themes are, but I’m always asking the other teachers on our staff for their input/insight — I just keep learning that “our ideas are always better than my ideas.”

-some are from our collaborative relationship with New Thing Network (we’ll develop the sermons together)

-some are inspired by what I have heard other guys teach on (you have music on your ipod, I have hundreds of sermons on mine!)

-some were ideas given by Suncrest poeople when we ask for input.  This partially generated the “afterlife” series, a series this summer called “Everyday People”, a series next spring on listening to God/finding the will of God, and next summer on the fruit of the spirit

-Every year we make sure there are messages about our 4C’s in one form or another and we usually devote a whole series to one of the C’s (Cultivate this fall!)

-We like to do some “fun stuff”.  This past year we did “Mix Tape” and “What would Jesus say to _____?”  This fall we will do “God @ the Movies”

-Every year we do at least one series on Jesus, one series on money (since the bible tells us it is the leading spiritual indicator in your life!), one Christmas series (always challenging to be fresh on this!).

-And…I think this is one of suncrest’s hallmarks…we want to do multiple series that are ultra-practical for every day life.  Marriage, relationships, money, fears, etc.  As an example, we have a series planned for next year about faith in the workplace.

-If any of you ministry guys who read this want a copy of the plan as an idea generator, just email me or leave a comment.  I’m all about resource-sharing and I’m happy to send it to you in our spreadsheet form.

~ by Greg Lee on June 18, 2008.

One Response to “Planning Ahead…Teaching topics”

  1. “-If any of you ministry guys who read this want a copy of the plan as an idea generator, just email me or leave a comment. I’m all about resource-sharing and I’m happy to send it to you in our spreadsheet form.”

    I’d love to see it Greg.

    tim@catlinchurch.com

    tim

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