Preaching Calendar

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I, like many preachers I know, map out a preaching schedule way in advance. In years previous, I've always gotten away for some period of time to one of my favorite hiding spots for prayer, reflection, study, and planning. While I won't be going away this year, it's time to begin looking to the 2009 preaching calendar. 

I always attempt to feed the Body a well-rounded spiritual diet. I always preach from a major text–even when I preach a topical series. 

I typically preach an OT Text book, a NT text book, a series on Jesus, something on the family and stewardship. In addition, I always do something in the field of practical theology, and a series on the church. I try to match them up with the natural rhythms of the year. Obviously, there are  lots of ways to go with all of this, and that's what makes it so important and so….fun at the same time.

Any good ideas? I thought I might solicit some before the process began. Also, those of who plan ahead, I'd love to hear what your process is like.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Tim,
    Thanks for your blog. I am echoing the post above. The book of Malachi really hit me between the eyes recently when I began reading it and then did a teaching series through it. Some of the primary messages center on what it means to be a spiritual leader but it also has rich theology on marriage & generosity. E. Achtemeier in the Interp. series gives some great insights.

  2. i’ve never gone away for the process. i usually just hole up in my office with the door closed for several days.
    i wonder what it would be like for a team of preachers to go away to a retreat-like setting and do their calendars in community. we could share ideas and resources. i’ve always wanted to try that.
    i try to hit a spiritual formation series, a jesus series, a relationship series, an apologetics series, a financial series and, of course, a christmas series. i also like to do what i call a “headlines” series — a series based on issues in the news.
    i’m working on 2009 myself these days. in fact, now that i look at it, i don’t have a true text-based series. shame on me!
    hey, i’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours.

  3. You preach all things well, Tim, but, if you are going to solicit the peanut gallery’s contribution, I will pitch in my two mites’ worth.
    (1) Select a minor prophet for your OT text. In this section of Scripture, I read about so many of the traps for God’s people today, e.g., complacency, superficiality, & an “itching ears” mentality. I wonder whether we would do better on these fronts if we spent a little more time in the minor prophets (truly the Bible’s forgotten texts).
    (2) In a time of historic economic turbulence, you might consider some sermons on faith & finances (from the Biblical perspective of your choice). These events will reshape an entire generation’s philosophy about earning, saving/spending, owning/borrowing, etc. You could do a lot of good weighing in on this, although I’m not sure where it precisely fits into your typical categories.
    Look forward to whatever you come up with.