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  1. the one issue/challenge in this context is for the bi-vocational pastor. the reliance isn’t necessarily on the notes without admitted dependence of the Holy Spirit. It’s more of a time issue. With keeping in rhythm with your family, ministry, job and etc.. the notes become a great help to ensure that we are relaying the truth about the text. It certainly does’nt imply laziness. On another note, it is inspiring to find a way for the bi-vocational pastor to preach without notes. It would be exciting and challenging.

  2. This is great if you still put in the time on the prep as you describe. My observation is that a lot of pastors who become comfortable speaking extemporaneously drop off at some point in the rigor of their prayerful preparation. They start relying on their ability to state a profound message in a folksy way, and pretty soon to state a not so profound message in a folksy way and eventually just to deliver some commentary… in a folksy way. I’d rather hear a dry delivery of some thought-provoking message than follow a good speak on his feet pastor down a pleasant path to nowhere in particular. I know that’s not what you are suggesting, but I think you are unusual in your double-prep approach, and I encourage you to keep this in mind if you are coaching others towards this minimum-notes style…:)

  3. Rev Jimmie Lawson June 10, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    I can’t preach from notes, you can also read “Preaching on your feet” by Fred R. Lybrand for help on preaching without notes. I believe it will improve you preaching if you are willing to step out in faith and go for it!

  4. Cynthia Lopez June 10, 2016 at 8:09 am

    As a Christ follower this is how my pastor always preaches. Straight from the heart and word and us in the congregation are grabbed in his first words.