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Articles by W. Floyd Bresee

Finding the Invisible God (January 2019)

In retirement, a lifelong preacher and trainer of preachers offers a simple sermon of faith and assurance for ministers and those to whom they minister.

Students Too Can Win Souls (August 1967)

Students win nine new members

Practical application in preaching (December 1984)

How do you shape your sermons so they touch the lives of your people? This article, which concludes our series on preaching, not only tells why your sermons should be practical but suggests that by such methods as characterization and modernization you can really affect your listeners' lives. This is a practical article on practical application in preaching!

Nothing can destroy what's in God's hand (August 1983)

Why is it that the church cannot be moved? Is it because of her citizens? because of her guards? because of her gates? because of her machinery? because of her leaders? It's because of the presence of God in her midst.

Illustrations in preaching (September 1984)

In many ways the success of preaching depends upon the success of the illustration. An idea without an accompanying illustration is like an airplane without wings; the idea is not going to fly. The most successful preachers soon discover that illustrations have a way of personalizing the message, of attaching an address to it. As preachers, when we fail to use illustrations, it's the same as writing a lengthy letter but failing to address the envelope before mailing it.

Finding a Theme (June 1984)

If you re frustrated at times because your preaching doesn't seem to move people to change, it probably is because they aren't sure just what your sermon is really calling for. And if your congregation doesn't know, maybe you don't either. Probably the most difficult part of sermon preparation is defining in your own mind, clearly and in a single sentence, the idea you want your listeners to take home with them. This sixth article in a twelve-article series on better preaching will help you do just that.

Emotion in preaching (March 1984)

In this article, Dr. Bresee deals with the role of emotion in worship, particularly in preaching. He answers the questions as to how logic and emotion should be related and in what sequence they should come in the sermon, and gives six principles for using emotion in preaching.

Grow, preacher, grow (January 1984)

Preaching comprises a major part of the impact a minister makes on the lives of his congregation. Most of us have taken some kind of public speaking course as part of our preparation for the ministry. The author suggests we may grow in our preaching abilities even more easily now—and introduces a course on preaching offered through MINISTRY.

Continuing Education for Ministry (February 1985)

If you've ever wished for an inexpensive course to help you grow professionally and spiritually, the Center of Continuing Education for Ministry may have just what you want.

Rio in retrospect (February 1987)

Ministry Reports on the 1986 Annual Council

The minister's resource center (February 1987)

One objective of the General Conference Ministerial Association during this quinquennium is to develop a resource center that will make more readily available materials that ministers can use in their work. The Ministerial Supply Center is just now beginning to function. MINISTRY interviewed W. Floyd Bresee, secretary of the association, about what the center is already doing, and his dreams for its future.

Pastor's Pastor: How ministerial secretaries help ministers (October 1988)

Some of the services you have a right to expect from your ministerial secretary.

Pastor's Pastor: Sermon static (July 1988)

"Don't make noise with your clothes."

Pastor's Pastor: Ministering to ministers (June 1988)

"When our cup is drained, we've no place to turn,"

Pastor's Pastor: How to be a dialogical preacher (May 1988)

In true worship, the congregation is the actor, the preacher is the prompter, and God is the audience.

Pastor's Pastor: Ministerial internship: purposes and problems (August 1989)

Policy suggests that a conference should not accept internship money if it fails to provide supervision for its interns*

Pastor's Pastor: How to preach week after week: the guaranteed well (May 1989)

Both consciously and subconsciously your sermon will grow as you are working.

Pastor's Pastor: Living as Jesus died- Easter sermon seeds (March 1989)

All went well until he drew the scalpel across the patient's soft skin and it parted like the Red Sea*

Dialogic preaching (March 1988)

I had been spending hundreds of hours in communication classes some at Garrett Seminary, most at Northwestern University. The buzz words were dialogue and group dynamics. Howe helped me relate all this theory to the practical life of the local congregation. I began to grasp the absolute necessity of dialogue in the church generally and in preaching particularly.

Lessons from 1888 for 1988 leaders (February 1988)

What does 1888 have to say to us about relationship and obedience, the cognitive and the affective, conflicts between the young and the old, reformers and the church?

Pastor's Pastor: The persuasive preacher (January 1989)

Young preachers were overwhelmed by the unintended messages their voices, appearance, and mannerisms conveyed.

From the pastor's pastor (January 1988)

God has given you all the ability you need to preach as well as He means for you to preach.

Annual Council and the Adventist pastor (December 1990)

The church hopes to give strong support to both the hurting North American conferences and the worldwide work.

Clergy commitment/2 (November 1990)

It's a given that Christian clergy are to be committed persons. But precisely what should they be committed to?

Clergy commitment (October 1990)

If you were given pencil and paper and asked to draw a picture of Seventh-day Adventism, what would you draw?

Use of notes in preaching (September 1990)

What should the preacher preach from? Manuscript? Notes? Nothing?

Pastor's Pastor: Should you try topical preaching? (November 1991)

Suggestions for effective topical Preaching.

Sermons preached but not delivered (July 1990)

Many sermons we preach never really get "delivered." We have gotten them out of our system, off our hands. But, perhaps because of the way we worded what we had to say, they didn't get into the minds of those for whom they were intended. They were preached, but not delivered.

Pastor's Pastor: Must the pastor's spouse do church work? (October 1991)

There are roles more important to the job description of the pastor's wife than church offices such as Sabbath school superintendent, Pathfinder leader, or church organist.

The changing of the guard (July 1990)

J. Robert Spangler, Ministry's longest serving editor, retires.

How to keep what you reap-1 (June 1990)

Too many Adventist congregations are like the fisherman who caught fish but had nothing to show for it because he put them in a sack with a hole in the bottom. God has blessed our church with success in fishing for people. But we're not keeping enough of what we're catching.

Sermon conclusions--3 (May 1990)

The ideal sermon conclusion speaks to the mind by pulling together and briefly summarizing what the sermon teaches. But that is never enough. It also speaks to the will by encouraging the listener to act on what the sermon teaches.

Keep what you reap (April 1990)

The story of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is largely a success story. In 1890 there were 19 Adventists per million of world population. One hundred years later there are more than 1,000. In 1940 we baptized an average of less than 100 per day. Fifty years later we are approaching the 2,000-per-day mark.

Pastor's Pastor: Should you try expository preaching? (September 1991)

Several suggestions for effective expository preaching.

Sermon conclusions--2 (March 1990)

A sermon is like a love affair--it's easier to start one than to end one.

Pastor's Pastor: Husband-wife team ministry (August 1991)

Team togetherness results from time togetherness

Sermon conclusions-1 (January 1990)

Preachers preach too many elephant sermons. An elephant sermon is one having a big head at the beginning, plenty of body in the middle, but almost no tail at the end! The conclusion seems just an afterthought.

Pastor's Pastor: Should you try narrative preaching? (July 1991)

Guidelines for effective narrative preaching.

And Mizpah. . . (August 1992)

Pastor Bresee wishes farewell to his readers

Pastor's Pastor: Says who? Quotations in preaching (May 1991)

Since my listener didn't see me as a person of authority, he couldn't accept my answer as authoritative.

Church leadership-Ill: chairing committees (July 1992)

Chairing committees is one of the most significant, time-consuming, and some times exasperating things you do. Do you want to do it better? Here are 10 tips

Church leadership-II: organizing for action (June 1992)

Every pastor longs to lead an active, growing congregation. But how do you organize for action? How do you plan for growth? Two basic suggestions: set objectives; use committees to reach those objectives.

Church leadership---I: leadership versus lordship (May 1992)

Pastors may be many things, but there is one thing they must be: spiritual leaders.

Sermon resources -IV: your people (April 1992)

Where does the preacher go to find something worth saying? We've looked at four sermon resources: your Bible, yourself (your personal relationship with Christ), your library, and your file. We conclude with another important resource: your people.

Pastor's Pastor: Sermon length- 1 (March 1991)

We can actually preach until worshipers go away from church worse off than when they came-even angry.

Pastor's Pastor: Ministerial ministries to ministers (February 1991)

Nothing is much good unless it's put to use.

Sermon resources-III: your library and file (March 1992)

Keeping yourself organized will help your ministry

Pastor's Pastor: Sermon introductions/1 (January 1991)

Five purposes of a good sermon introduction.

Sermon resources-II: Yourself (February 1992)

Previously we discussed the preacher's primary sermon resource, the Bible. A second resource is yourself.

Sermon resources-I: Your Bible (January 1992)

What do we study? What resources should we use in sermon preparation? First and foremost, the Bible.

Expository Preaching (January 1994)

Do you want more fire in your preaching? This twelve-part series will help light the flame.

Our lives for His glory (July/August 1995)

Christian lifestyle results from belonging to Christ.

Balancing an unbalanced ministry (February 1997)

Look up--Jesus and you can do it.
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