One-Day Retreat for Sermon Planning
Suggested Schedule for a One-Day Retreat
Focus: Sermon Planning
Suggested things to bring: Bible, journal or notebook, calendar of your congregation's next year (in addition to liturgical seasons and holidays, consider programming dates, communion Sundays, baptisms, vacation schedules of you and your staff, and any denominational events [days of prayer, regional meetings, national meetings]).
Quiet yourself. Become aware of God's presence in and around you.
Questions for further reflection
Take a walk, go for a run, move.
Big Picture Phase
Brainstorm any sermon series ideas that came out of the morning
With the outlines of the year (or season) in place, think about hymns, visual arts, choral pieces, drama, and the use of lay leaders in the services (children, seniors, teens, church staff, elders, deacons, Sunday School teachers, etc.).
Start with the series that's up first. Consider the texts, the themes, the way in which God is leading you to match the sermons to the needs you outlined this morning. Get as much detail as you can about this series.
Enjoy another quiet meal and imagine God as your
Before you leave, note any final insights or questions in your journal.