The Unhelpful Solitude of Preaching – getting creative

How can we emerge from our seclusion and practise the art of preaching in community? We can get creative! In Preaching and Preachers, D Martyn Lloyd-Jones recommends that preachers practise extempore preaching. This can be done in pairs or in a group. Each preacher is given an ‘unseen’ text to preach on briefly without much preparation time. Extempore preaching in a group creates the opportunity for dynamic and immediate reflection together.

Agreeing with a preacher in another church to preach the same series concurrently is also a helpful learning tool. With such an arrangement, we can learn from the other’s sermons and also, perhaps, do some pulpit sharing, thus giving us time to reflect on a sermon and preach it again. In addition, if we can share the preaching load in our own church, this will be a great step forward. Reflection takes time, so preaching less and reflecting more with others and by oneself will be beneficial.


About Mark Glanville

Mark Glanville is a pastor-scholar who ministers in a missional urban community, Grandview Church, Vancouver. Mark is Professor of Old Testament and congregational studies at the Missional Training Center, Phoenix (, and he teaches at Regent College, Vancouver. Mark's research focusses upon the Pentateuch, biblical ethics, and mission. Mark has authored "Adopting the Stranger as Kindred" (SBL, 2018), "Reading Exodus: Society Reshaped by Kinship" (Lexham, forthcoming), numerous refereed articles (including in the Journal of Biblical Literature (2018), Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (2019), and Refuge Journal (2013)) and chapters on the Pentateuch, mission, and refugee related issues, as well as numerous popular articles. Mark is presently co-authoring a book, "Providing Refuge: A Missional and Political Theology." Mark is called upon to speak on in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. His previous career was as a jazz pianist in Sydney, Australia (Chick Corea and Wynton Kelly are his musical heroes).
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