Do Pastors Prepare Their Own Sermons?

Do pastors prepare their own sermons? I believe that most do, but looking at my stats from last week gave me pause.

I received over a thousand hits last week from people searching for such things as “Palm Sunday sermon,” “sermon for Palm Sunday,” “sermon about the donkey,” etc. The hits started coming first thing Monday morning and continued throughout the week. The greatest number of hits actually came on Saturday, the day before Palm Sunday. The hits continued late into Saturday night, and I even got a hit from someone searching with this phrase: “If I had to preach a sermon on Palm Sunday tomorrow, which Scripture would I use?”

Now I am sure many of these people were looking for devotional material to read or perhaps for illustrations or supplementary material for their own sermons. I often read other people’s sermons for personal benefit or to help in my own sermon preparation. But the pattern of searching would suggest that there are some people scooping the internet for sermons to preach the next day rather than actually preparing a message during the week.

Some of these hits came from foreign lands where perhaps not all pastors have the same benefit of training and financial support that many pastors enjoy here in the United States. But most of the hits came from cities right here in the U.S. It just makes you wonder.

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  1. Barrie says:

    Well Ray, after hearing a few of your sermons, I think some pastors would learn a thing or two from you.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Barrie. I know I am always learning from others.

  3. Sadly, I know that some preach the sermons of others … without attribution of any kind.

    One particular example was most heinous to me. There was a local pastor who was preaching Rick Warren’s sermons a week late with little to no change to them.

    He got busted by a buddy of mine who bought a couple and followed him word for word for a few sermons.

    This guy was pulling in over $90K (2001 figures), not doing Sunday nights, with many on his paid staff, and with little to no effort made to feed the sheep.

    P.S. You’ll have to check out the awesome Palm Sunday sermon I had this year. It’s about a donkey’s view of the events that transpired.

  4. Ray Fowler says:

    Gunny – You had me shaking my head in dismay at the story of the pastor copying Rick Warren’s sermons … and then laughing out loud with your P.S.!

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