It’s my turn again. I teach every couple months, and I enjoy it. The process of preparation for me is not so enjoyable. I feel an incredible amount of pressure to do a great job since I only do it every so often. And of course we talk about relying on God and being a vessel – I just want to be a prepared vessel, and I want to be able to stand on my own two feet and allow God to kick some bootie from there on.
So for me the process looks something like this:
- I get an idea in my head of a direction, some scripture or illustration
- I begin brainstorming, reading through the scripture & coming up with illustrations
- I search the web for others who have taught the particular scripture or subject
- Start writing/typing out an outline
- Get halfway and start banging my head against the wall
- Pray and ask God to help me finish
- Feel better
- In a frantic rush try and type as fast as my heart is speaking to my brain
- Stop, re-read and fix up things here and there
- Make sure I have some clear points & breakdowns (intro, text, teaching, application, closing)
- Retype it all out, do a bulletin insert, and a powerpoint
- Read it over, and over, and over, and over, until I (hopefully) don’t rely on my notes.
And that’s where I am right now. Tomorrow we head down to Chula Vista to hang out with some family all day, so I should be nice and relaxed for Sunday. Pray for me if you are reading this!