I get a preaching invite occasionally, and to pace myself, I’ll take no more than one invite a month. I preached at Vision of Peace in McLean this past Sunday. I don’t think it was recorded. I did write out a full manuscript, “How to Do Ministry Without Losing Heart.” I know words are less than 10% of the total communication, and I need more practice to get more comfortable with the other 90%. I read much of it verbatim. ChurchRelevance’s 10 Tips for Great Preaching are great tips, but I haven’t yet figured out (and haven’t had enough practice) how some preachers use a manuscript but also keeps great eye contact with the audience.
It was the first time my son Jeremiah listened to my sermon, and he remembered one of the illustrations I used (that was not in the manuscript; I pulled one that morning, hot off the press, about how multitasking hinders productivity.)