Preacher Training

Use this audio series with your ministry team or mentor.

Series Overview:

Learn how to preach Sermonlink series from pursueGOD and empower your whole church to make disciples.

Topic #1: What’s the Win?


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Talking Points:

  • The ultimate win for a PGN church is to help people pursue God – and this means getting more people to go “full circle”. Matthew 28:19-20
  • The preaching win is to equip regular people for disciple-making conversations in one of three shepherding contexts: families, small groups, and one-on-one mentoring relationships. Ephesians 4:10-11
  • Real transformation happens in the shepherding context, not just in the preaching context. Matthew 9:35-37


Discussion Questions:
  1. Initial reactions? What jumped out at you?
  2. In the typical church, what is the ultimate “win” when it comes to the Sunday sermon? How do you think churches got here?
  3. Read Ephesians 4:10-11. According to this, what is the role of the pastor/preacher? What is the role of the listener?
  4. Read Matthew 9:35-37. Why was Jesus sad after preaching a sermon to the masses? What was his solution?
  5. Identify some of the contexts (or environments) in your church where conversations can be empowered through your sermon. Who are the “shepherds” in those smaller contexts? Give an example of how your preaching can catalyze great conversations in one of those contexts.
  6. What’s your action step based on today’s topic?

Topic #2: Three Preaching Principles


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Preaching Principles:

  1. Preach the Bible. Our goal in teaching is to help people understand and live out a biblical worldview. All of our preaching is centered on the person and work of Jesus.
  2. Engage Everyone. Good sermons are clear, concise, and – most importantly – compelling. Great preaching engages seekers as well as believers, young and old, male and female.
  3. Empower Conversations. We build resources for every Sermonlink sermon with one distinctive in mind: to equip the preacher to support the discipleship infrastructure of the church. If conversations aren’t happening after the sermon, we’ve missed the point.
Discussion Questions:
  1. Initial reactions? What jumped out at you?
  2. What does it mean to “teach the Bible?” Explain it in your own words.
  3. How would you rate your Bible knowledge? What would you say is the minimum knowledge required for a teacher or preacher? Why?
  4. Can great Bible knowledge sometimes be a liability for teachers or preachers? Explain.
  5. List the “3 C’s” of engaging teaching. Explain each one. What are some roadblocks to being clear? What are some roadblocks to being concise? What are some roadblocks to being compelling? Which “C” do you think might be the most difficult for you and why?
  6. List the three key groups that make up the discipleship infrastructure at your church. Explain the teacher’s catalytic role in relationship to these groups.
  7. What’s your action step based on today’s topic?

Topic #3: What Qualifies You?


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Talking Points:

  • Preaching in the early church was a function of calling and gifting, not of seminary training. Acts 4:13
  • Preachers are qualified by solid character and sound doctrine. Titus 1:5-9
  • Godly preachers are not motivated by ego or financial gain, but rather by a desire to help people pursue God. 1 Timothy 6:3-4
  • Preachers in the PG Network are committed to actively making disciples in their daily lives.
Discussion Questions:
  1. Initial reactions? What jumped out at you?
  2. “What you teach flows from who you are.” Explain this point. Do you agree?
  3. Are there any sin issues in your life that might disqualify you from teaching in a public setting?
  4. What’s the problem with a preacher who thinks church is all about him? What can happen to that church?
  5. Make a list of the important roles in the church besides teaching. How does the teacher impact those people with his sermons?
  6. What motivates you to want to teach? Make a list, and be brutally honest. Talk about it with your trainer.
  7. Read John 3:30. Do you have this attitude toward your teaching?
  8. Read Titus 1:5-9. Make a list of the qualifications of an elder. How do you measure up? Talk about it with your trainer.
  9. Why is it important for you to be actively mentoring someone using the PG resources? Make a list of the people you are mentoring with this method.
  10. What’s your action step based on today’s topic?

Topic #4: Next Steps for Preachers


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Talking Points:

  • Keep mentoring with the pursueGOD tools. 2 Timothy 4:2
  • Subscribe to the PGN Podcast and listen regularly to the “Preachers” sermon prep topics.
  • “Fake prep” a sermon at church using the Sermonlink Preacher resources.
  • Record a practice sermon video and share it for feedback.
  • When you’re ready, start small.
Discussion Questions:
  1. Initial reactions? What jumped out at you?
  2. Choose a recent series from the sermonlink collection. Browse the lesson resources available for each sermon and talk about how to use them in your teaching prep.
  3. Have you ever practiced with talking points in a small group setting? How did you do? Does it come naturally to you? Why or why not?
  4. What are the training benefits of following along with the talking points as you listen to someone else’s sermon?
  5. Talk about how to record a practice sermon.
  6. Talk about some of the opportunities to “start small” at your church.
  7. Schedule a monthly assessment meeting with your trainer to get clear feedback on your progress. Use the teacher feedback form for evaluation.
  8. What’s your action step based on today’s topic?

About Our Series

Series from PGN are designed to empower conversations for ministry leaders. For best results, we recommend three simple steps:

  1. Preview the audio (or video) on your own ahead of your meeting. This will help everyone prepare for a great conversation.
  2. When you meet, watch or listen together or invite someone to summarize the topic. Follow along by viewing the talking points on your phone.
  3. Use the discussion questions provided to help guide your conversation, but don't feel obligated to cover every question.

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