Here are a few things to consider when planning sermons for the new year:

1) Consider preaching through the Bible every year

– We read through the Bible as a church every year (We use Mariners Church condensed reading plan)
– It gives you the opportunity to tell the entire God-Story every year

2) Use a spreadsheet to date all the Sundays

– Plan in advance for Sunday’s off
– Understand the importance of special days, i.e.,  MLK, Mothers day, etc.

3) Plan for series to run 4-6 weeks

– Start a new series the Sunday after Easter
– Start another new series the Sunday after Labor Day

4)  Answer these questions about each sermon

– What is the main Scripture
– What story will captivate and tie to the Scripture
– What is the main idea to be conveyed
– What is the “One Point” that will be memorable

These have been a tremendous help to us in planning our sermons series, especially preaching through the Bible every year. It has helped our church to stay on the “same page” every year.