If you’ve ever preached a sermon, chances are you’ve created a manuscript. A manuscript refers to your sermon in written form. Some people love the practice. Others hate it. Some people swear by it. Others couldn’t care less. In this new blog series, Manuscript Madness, we’ll take a close look at the practice of manuscript writing.
To start off, let’s look at some initial thoughts on writing manuscripts:
(1) There are two sides to the equation.
When it comes to manuscript writing, there are two opposing camps on the issue: those who write full manuscripts and those who don’t. When I started out as a preacher, I wrote manuscripts for almost two years. For the past four years, however, I’ve gone without one. Most recently, I’ve begun experimenting again with manuscript writing to better observe its advantages. So you could say that I’m sympathetic to both sides of the equation.
(2) It’s a must for new preachers.
For preachers who are just starting out, I highly recommend writing full manuscripts. There are so many things that this practice can teach you and I guarantee that you’ll be missing out if you decide to skip it. I’ll showcase some of these advantages in the next article.
(3) You can take it with you.
Manuscript writing isn’t just for beginners. It’s an excellent practice even for those who’ve been preaching for years. I’ve met pastors who’ve been preaching for decades and still write full manuscripts for every single sermon. This is a practice that you can take with you even as you progress in your preaching abilities.
(4) It will take time and effort.
It’s called a discipline for a reason. You will need to spend hours coming up with a good sermon manuscript. But that shouldn’t trouble you at all. You already know that sermon preparation as a whole does take a lot of time and effort from you. So don’t disillusion yourself into thinking that manuscript writing will be a quick walk in the park. Also note that even if you choose to forego writing full manuscripts, you’ll still be spending countless hours on an alternative.
In the next article, we’ll look at some of the advantages of writing manuscripts.
Join the discussion: How has your experience been regarding manuscript writing? Are you comfortable with the practice?
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