"Progress In The Pulpit" by Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix is a great read for any preacher or teacher, seasoned or just starting out. Just over 200 pages, the book is a helpful and informative read, may be completed in a few sittings, and smoothly transitions from chapter to chapter. Some of the topics covered include:
1. A definition of expository preaching and two ways it can help re-create people into Christ's image.
2. What happens in the preacher's private devotion life is often the secret of success or failure in his public life.
3. Be sure to give appropriate credit when using someone else's sermon/teaching points.
4. The ability to preach the gospel comes from God and not our flesh.
5. 5 benefits of planning your preaching.
6. 3 suggested areas of preaching (expository, doctrinal, prophetic).
7. Allow some margin for interruptions (local, national, crisis, etc.) into your preaching plan.
8. 5 principles for connecting preaching and disciple-making.
9. No excuse for being bored or boring when preaching the Bible!
10. Suggestions for teaching the congregation how to worship as you speak and 3 parts of effective preaching.
Will be a great present and future reference for future lessons or sermons. I've had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Vines preach when he was in Indian Trail NC and reading this title gave me many great insights on preparing for future speaking engagements (Sunday School, worship service Bible study, etc.). Highly recommended along with "Power In The Pulpit". Will be reading both titles yearly from now on.
I was given a review copy by Moody Publishers in exchange for a fair review.