New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Learning and Leading Series: From Your Heart to Theirs, Instructor’s Guide

Delivering an Effective Sermon

Tony Franks, David Carroll • January 2008

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The instructor's guide for From Your Heart to Theirs breaks down the important ideas to relate as you plan your study, the preparatory tasks, logistical steps, and the session goals in short, practical outlines.

The objective of this guide is to help you lead a 10-hour advanced course for certified lay speakers who want to hone their preaching skills. During the training, you'll lay the groundwork to help each speaker present a short sermon, and you'll be equipped to coach them to do their best.

Part of the Learning & Leading Series, a course that helps participants to prepare sermons by providing plans and worksheets, stressing good oral communication, offering suggestions on incorporating stories, and providing time for prayer, study, and revision. Appropriate for use in a variety of settings, including Lay Speaking Advanced Courses, Ministerial Course of Study, colleges, and seminaries.

A Participant's Guide is available.

Tony Franks is a Certified Lay Speaker in the Mississippi Annual Conference. He has served as president of the Mississippi Chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Franks is a high school music and English teacher and has also taught college English and oral communications.

David Carroll is ordained in The United Methodist Church and has served in youth ministry for more than 25 years.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-535-8

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: January 2008

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.25 in (h) x 0.079 in (d)

Page Count: 32

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Preaching

BISAC1: REL080000

BISAC2: REL074000


"Tony Franks and David Carroll have produced an excellent resource that not only addresses the mechanics and fundamentals of sermon preparation but also helps participants learn to convey a message in a confident and compelling manner. It offers great insight and instruction into capturing the essence of connecting to individuals as the preparation unfolds before a larger audience. This advanced course does indeed lay the groundwork for effective sermon delivery. Simply add your heart-felt emphasis!"
— Brian Jackson Chair, Education Committee Association of Conference Directors of Lay Speaking Ministries

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