• 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.

  • Kasey

    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…:)

  • Rev Jimmie Lawson

    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!

  • Cynthia Lopez

    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.