Write Better Sermons

Let me show you how to maximize your preaching ministry AND make time for yourself! Less Stress Sermon Prep is a self-paced online course that will teach you

  • flexible, customizable, practical steps to prepare your sermon

  • that you will complete over the course of 4-5 days

  • using small cracks of time (5-45mins) found throughout your day

Less Stress Sermon prep

incorporates tips learned from real life ministry experience that are taught clearly and simply so that you don't need a seminary education to understand. In this course, you will

  • review or learn the critical areas of sermon prep

  • study strategies for interpreting scripture responsibly

  • discover less obvious places to look for sermon ideas

  • learn how, when, and why to use commentaries, concordances, and bible/theological dictionaries

  • key considerations of organizing your thoughts

Your Instructor

Rev. Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D.

Affectionately known as "Rev. Raquel," the Reverend Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D. is the Founder & Senior Partner of RSL Ministries (a subsidiary of Raquel S. Lettsome, LLC) where she works with faith leaders and lay people to interpret Scripture more effectively for preaching, teaching, and living. With more than two decades of congregational ministry experience and extensive biblical and theological training, Dr. Lettsome knows how to integrate the highest levels of academic biblical scholarship, life giving ministry practices, and the discernment of the Holy Spirit to equip and empower believers. Dr. Lettsome is a nationally recognized preacher, teacher, and scholar. Her preaching distinctions include the Distinguished Preachers Series (Riverside Church, NY), and the George A. Crawley Women in Ministry Preacher (Hampton University Ministers’ Conference); national conferences including the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, the Festival of Homiletics, and The Craft of Preaching; and academic institutions including Yale and Duke Universities. Dr. Lettsome is a lecturer for seminary classes, conferences, and denominational

Course curriculum

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    Module 1: Select, Savor, and Schedule

    • basic schedule slide

    • O1.Feb2019.M1.Overview

    • Savor.Lecture

    • Sermon Prep Schedule1

    • Findtime

    • Draftyourprepschedule

    • Where do sermons come from

    • Guardyourtime

    • Sermon Prep Sched2

    • Savor.Example

    • Howthiscourseworks

    • WEEKLY SCHEDULE

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    Module 2: Exegete

    • 8 historical context

    • M2 Overview

    • 6 interp app

    • 9 literay context

    • 7 worksheet

    • 11 Questions and words

    • 8 video

    • 10 paraphrase

    • 1 what is exegesis

    • 2 why exegesis is imp

    • Welcome to M2

    • 13. point. hunch

    • 4 Respect

    • m2 intro

    • 12 Facts

    • 5 context

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    Module 3: Ask Others

    • 06.prarphrase outline

    • M3 Overview

    • 05.literary

    • 0.M3 Overview

    • 04.historical

    • 08.facts

    • 03.dictionary

    • 07.questions.words

    • 09.hunch

    • 01.commentary

    • 02.Concordance

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    Module 4:Tie It Together

    • 06.Transitions

    • 03.Title

    • 09.invitation

    • M4 Overview

    • 01. Overview

    • 08.Jesus

    • 02.LetItFlow

    • 07.close

    • 10.Check it

    • 04. intro

    • 05.points

    • 10. An Example

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    Bonus Material

    • Repeated stories, events, verses

    • Repeated Words

    • Allusions

    • Explore People and Places

    • Gospel Parallels

    • Compare versions

    • Examine the Background