Brandon Hilgemann

About Brandon Hilgemann

Brandon has been on a nine-year journey to become the best preacher he can possibly be. During this time, he has worked in churches of all sizes, from a church plant to some of the largest and fastest growing churches in the United States. Brandon blogs his thoughts and ideas from his journey at ProPreacher.com.


The 3 Levels of Dynamic Preaching

Composing Music

Did you know that for musical arrangements, composers write more than just the notes to be played? They also write the strength with which each note should be performed. These markings are referred to as the “dynamics” of music. A composer might write a pp, meaning pianissimo or “very soft,” or a ff,meaning fortissimo or “very loud.” There […]


20 Questions to Ask Before Preaching Your Easter Sermon

Easter He Is Risen

Easter Sunday is like the Superbowl of preaching. This may be your largest attended service of the year. Statistically, people are more open to visiting a church on Easter (and Christmas) than any other time of year. Because of this, your Easter sermon is infinitely important. The eternal destination of many people in attendance is […]


The 5 “R”s to Remembering Names of Everybody You Meet

Brain

You walk into the hall after church. A young man bounces up to you and starts talking like he has known you forever. He looks familiar, but you can’t remember his name to save your life. Sound familiar? Remembering names is hard! If half the people in your church knew your dirty little secret – […]


How to Handle Distractions While Preaching

Crying Baby

What is the most distracting thing that has ever happened to you while preaching? For me it was when I was a youth pastor at a church in New Mexico. I was preaching to a group of high school students. In the middle of my message, a boy stood up, jump onto his chair and […]


24 of The Best iPad Apps for Pastors

Apple Ipad Air

What are the best iPad apps for pastors? Using my iPad as a pastor for the last 3 years, I have tried a lot of different apps. If you are anything like me, you are in a never-ending hunt, roaming the iTunes App Store looking for the next app that will make your iPad better […]


10 Guest Preaching Tips So They Want to Invite You Back

Plane Ride

Have you been invited to be a guest preacher? I have had the opportunity to do a bit of guest preaching lately. I have also dealt with my fair share of good and bad guest preachers. Here are some tips to help make you a better guest preacher – one they will actually want to […]


4 Benefits of Eye Contact in Preaching

Eyes

I love visiting other churches. I love walking on a church campus for the first time pretending I know nothing about church. It helps me understand how people might feel when they come to visit my church for the first time. I visited a new church this week that I have never been to. They […]


8 Ways You Might Be Losing People in Your Sermons

Bad Preaching

Are you losing people when you preach? Do people check out during your sermons? After listening to thousands of sermons and preaching quite a few myself, I have learned 8 different ways that pastors lose people in their sermons. 1. Sloppy Transitions You just told a great story. It was funny and thought-provoking. But as […]


7 Facebook Tips for Pastors

Facebook Tips

Facebook is kind of a big deal. Pastors cannot afford to ignore it. You know how I know Facebook has taken over the world? My Mom uses it. Facebook started as a college thing. Then it became popular with high schoolers. But suddenly moms, dads, and grandmothers are all over Facebook. Chances are, most of the […]


7 Tips for Preaching to Teenagers

Teenager

Preaching to teenagers can be extremely challenging but extremely rewarding. After spending years working as a Youth Pastor, I have learned a few things about preaching to teenagers. Photo Credit: Robby McKee cc These lessons were hard-learned through trial and error. Mostly error. This isn’t an exhaustive list of everything you need to know. But […]


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