4 Reasons Why Your Sermons Should Be Shorter

“I could write shorter sermons but when I get started I’m too lazy to stop.”

You Will Get to The Point Quicker

One of the most frustrating things to listeners is when preachers take forever getting to their why. They begin the sermon with a long joke or a drawn out introduction. Listeners are thinking, “Where is the pastor going with this?” By the time they get to the point many listeners have moved to more productive things, like their grocery lists! If you shorten your sermons, you won’t have time for a long introduction. You will get to the point quicker and your listeners will thank you.

Your Sermons Will Be Sharper

Shorter sermons require removing unnecessary words and extraneous content. This leads to each sentence marching with a purpose. Your sermon will also have a singular target and everything you say will point to that target. This makes for stronger sermons and easier listening.

Your Sermons Will Be More Memorable

Your listeners can only absorb so much information. Therefore, the more you say the less is heard. If you have three points, wouldn’t you rather folks remember each point from three different sermons than forget them all in one?

You Will End On Time

No one will ever complain about a sermon being too short. However, complaints about worship not ending on time is a favorite past time in church culture. If your sermons are shorter there will be less complaining. There will also be more time to sing all verses of your favorite hymn, add a song to your praise set, or have an altar call.

If you think shorter sermons mean less time in the study you are wrong. It takes work to make more with less. Mark Twain once quipped, “If you want me to give you a two-hour presentation, I am ready today. If you want only a five-minute speech, it will take me two weeks to prepare.” Enough said.

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  1. Too true. You lose people after 10 months mutes.

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