Preachers and Teachers of God’s Word

Mark Messmore Author Interview

Simple Preaching Prep provides clear guidance designed to help new preachers succeed. Why was this an important book for you to write?

There are two primary reasons Simple Preaching Prep was an important book for me to write.

The first reason is because of what I feel God has called me to do. For many years I have felt that my purpose is not only to preach and teach but to train up other preachers and teachers of God’s Word. For most of my life, I assumed as though that would play out in me being in a classroom setting. While that may still happen, in 2021 I began sensing a strong urge to write down the process I had developed, and make it widely available.

The second reason is because of the need I see for the American church. Fewer individuals are going into seminaries and Bible colleges with the intention of serving in ministry, all while churches of every size and type struggle to find someone to serve in their congregation. There are a lot of underlying issues that feed into each of those realities, but I wanted to create something that I felt could help alleviate some of the pressure that exists. That is why I wrote a book designed to help lay leaders and students in the task of preaching.

What is a common obstacle you find new preachers face and how can they overcome it?

If someone is brand new to preaching I find the most common obstacles determining what they are going to say and how they are going to say it. A weekly twenty-five-minute sermon equates to a weekly term paper for most. Where do you start when you have no idea what you are going to talk about? Then, how do you put all that information together in a way that actually connects with your audience? These issues are part of why I developed a model for sermon preparation. In Simple Preaching Prep, I want to help those new preachers gather their information and put it together as a coherent message.

What is one piece of advice someone gave you that had the largest impact on your preaching?

One piece of advice I received was from all the way back at age 16 when I had only preached once or twice before. Our associate minister, Scott, encouraged me to preach with the personality God had given me. He encouraged me not to try and emulate anyone else, or try to be anyone else. But instead, allow my personality to come through in how I communicated.

This is why, as I state in the book, I believe a great definition of preaching comes from nineteenth-century preacher Phillipps Brooks who defined preaching as, “Communicating Truth through personality.” The Truth of God’s Word will remain, but every preacher should utilize their own personality to communicate that truth.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am just now releasing Simple Preaching Prep and am not actively working on another book at this time. However, I am developing a variety of ideas for other potential follow-up books including:

  • A more business-specific version of Simple Preaching Prep
  • A book of “next steps” to move beyond the simple model I present and further develop one’s preaching ability
  • A book focused on finding and developing one’s preaching style and voice, using their God-given personality

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PREACHING IS HARD, BUT WHAT IF YOUR SERMON DEVELOPMENT PROCESS COULD BE…EASIER?Preaching is challenging in lots of ways. But what happens when this sacred task falls to someone with little or no experience? What resources exist to help faithful, but untrained servants in congregations around the world preach from God’s Word?
Simple Preaching Prep is written to provide a straightforward, customizable sermon development model for preachers who are new or perhaps just looking for a new approach. In Simple Preaching Prep, author and pastor Mark Messmore demonstrates how to:
Interview the Text
Narrow the Focus
State the Main Idea
Include Supporting Material
Deliver the Message
Evaluate the Result

While preaching is hard, Simple Preaching Prep aims to help you finish your first sermon and flourish beyond.

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