Church Communications Conference 2024

Sermon Collaboration & Writing Tools

Katie Allred

Sermon Collaboration & Writing Tools

Katie Allred

An individual or a pastor commonly executes the traditional sermon. Rarely will there be a sermon delivered by a group of individuals or by collaboration, but since the church is enhancing its ways and adapting to society’s trends and changes, sermon collaboration or preaching collaboration now exists.

Likewise, sermon writing has already evolved. Now, it is more than just giving the words of the Lord; it should now be engaging. Pastors delivering sermons should be flexible and learn to adapt to technology.

Here are some apps that your pastor can use when writing sermons.

 

BibleGateway.com

Once we know the texts, we’ll start with the obvious. BibleGateway is pretty much the default site for making version comparisons and getting an initial read of the text. With many English translations and the ability to look at up to 5 versions in parallel, this site is a good way to get your head around the initial reading passage. (Other sites do similar things, like YouVersion, but BibleGateway has become my default.)

 

GreatTreasures.org

Great Treasures requires you to register for a free account, but signing up is totally worth it for what you get. The initial view after you log in might not look like much, but if you expand the intermediate and advanced sections, you’ll find a wealth of tools for the text’s Greek language study.

The top (beginner) section provides multiple English translations in comparison, while the bottom contains the Greek text, parsing, and space for your own translation. You’ll find lexical entries for any word in the Greek text (click the word you’d like to dig into) and a full listing of passages where that word occurs.

 

The Perseus Project

This one’s a project from Tufts University and is generally focused on classical scholars. The Perseus Project has some great Biblical study possibilities. Essentially, you can enter a word, either using their transliteration scheme or by copying and pasting a Unicode version of the Greek word (such as one copied from Great Treasures . . .) and receive entries from multiple Lexicons. Including LSJ, Middle Liddell, and others. Several of these lectionaries actually include the extrabiblical usage of the word. Meaning that you can dig deeper into how the word was used in other written works of the time.

 

Tanach with Rashi Commentary

For Old Testament study in Hebrew, this site contains the Hebrew Bible’s entirety with English translation. Additionally, you can use it to display Rashi’s commentary, a medieval French Rabbi, which can bring some historical insight to the text. Obviously, this isn’t always going to line up with Lutheran teaching, so be sure to read his work with a critical eye.

 

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Continuing the historical study trend, CCEL archives a great deal of historic Christian thought in freely available formats. Here you’ll find everything from Ante-Nicene fathers to GK Chesterton. There’s a lot here to enjoy.

 

Conclusion

Sermon Collaboration and writing are both a product of the church’s growth towards the modern ways. Since we are still in the transition of adaptation, these are some of the best apps that your church can use.

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