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The Cost of Writing a Sermon

Every week, pastors write and deliver a sermon to their congregation. And mere hours after they finish preaching, they begin writing a new sermon for next Sunday.

36% of pastors start writing their next sermon on Monday.

It’s a rinse and repeat cycle that can be greatly under appreciated.

While preaching is one of the most public aspects of a pastor’s duties, it’s not the only thing they do. Pastors usually oversee a slew of other responsibilities in addition to preaching. Leading and managing while still carving out time to write the next sermon can be a daunting task.

After all, writing a sermon is a long and arduous process.

Pastors spend on average, 10.5 hours every week writing their sermon.

That’s more time than the average adults spends eating their meals in a given week.

Why does it take so long to write a sermon?

It’s like writing a college term paper every week on a particular subject. Even more than that, the paper has to be presented to a diverse audience of people every week. How does a pastor make his/her sermon palatable to the single mother with no Bible background, the old Sunday school couple, and everyone else in between?

It’s no wonder half of pastors recently surveyed said writing a sermon adds stress to their life.

The weight and responsibility of communicating the Gospel so that people not only hear, but understand. For most pastors, they do this almost every week with no end in sight. 60% of pastors said they preach at least 40 times per year.

With 1 in 5 pastors preaching almost every Sunday.

Can you imagine writing and presenting 40 college term papers in one year? And doing this while still carrying all of your other responsibilities?

Preaching is largely a solo sport. This applies not only to the actual presentation of the message but also on the preparation of it as well. While some larger churches have the resources and personnel to assist the sermon prep, most pastors do not have the luxury of help.

83% of pastors say they have zero help when it comes to any research or development for their sermons every week.

They are plodding away every week trying to write a mountain of content.




Founder at Ministry Pass
Husband to Tisha and founder of Ministry Pass and Churchfly