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, Participant’s Guide

Delivering an Effective Sermon

Tony Franks, David Carroll • January 2008

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"Let me tell you a story." Since childhood, those introductory words capture our attention like few others. Sharing our faith story can be just as captivating and influential. Yet even the most experienced public speaker may need help preparing a sermon that's both engaging and compelling. Franks and Carroll will help you develop such a sermon. The parts of this helpful experiential guide for novice and already certified lay speakers include

  1. types of sermons, from exegetical to topical to those for children
  2. finding the story and using the hymnal
  3. reading the Bible aloud
  4. communicating on paper and moving beyond it
  5. presentation and practice

Each of the sections is designed for 2-hour sessions. Part of the Learning & Leading Series, which is 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. Instructor's Guide 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: 978-0-88177-536-5

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: January 2008

Trim Size: 7.3125 in (w) x 9.25 in (h) x 0.062 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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