Series Planning Process

February 18, 2013 — 10 Comments

Series Planning Process

One of the most common things church creative teams do is take a sermon series or service from idea to execution. Throughout the years, I’ve been surprised to see that most churches do not have an intentional system and process in place for sermon series planning.

Every churches process may look slightly different, but here’s a process we’ve put in place at West Ridge Church to keep our Teaching, Creative Arts & Communications Teams on track throughout the series planning process.

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#1 RULE OF SERIES PLANNING

The #1 thing that can make or break your sermon series? Planning ahead. By putting a process like this in place for your teams, it allows for the time and margin to balance your content, promote effectively, and execute the plan with creativity and intentionality.

What if we don’t have a Creative Arts or Communications person on staff?

Most churches rely heavily on volunteers to produce the creative elements for a sermon series or service. Many churches don’t have a dedicated staff person overseeing Creative Arts or Communications. So where should you start? Here’s what I’d suggest: Make sure someone is OWNING each of these areas. Someone who is thinking through each detail, accountable for their area, and is a part of the planning and production of the series plan.

I’ll be writing over the next few weeks about executing the communications side of series planning through series branding, creative briefs and promotion. Be sure to check back at the blog, subscribe by RSS or email for those posts coming up.

Question: What does your series planning process look like? I’d love to learn from you. Share it with your comments!

  • Darren

    Love the post! Looking fwd to the rest of this series.

    • http://philbowdle.com/ Phil Bowdle

      Thanks, Darren!

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  • http://twitter.com/justinrp justinrp

    Thanks for sharing your process. We have a very similar process in place. The biggest change we are making is, doing the fine tuning that we used to do between services on thursday night rehearsal. We are using the band much more for transitions and video underscoring which requires a heightened sense of where we are taking the service for the morning. Lastly the creative and teaching team are planning each week based on the response we want to get from the congregation. The communications team helps us see what all is coming up, so sometimes we are driving people to sign up for events, sometimes we are driving towards salvation and redemption… you get it. But this helps everyone across the board understand where we are going and helps them to do their respective jobs much better.

  • http://philbowdle.com/ Phil Bowdle

    Here’s a related post on the process for creating series graphics >> http://philbowdle.com/the-secret-to-great-series-design/

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  • Jordan Pinkston

    We are getting ready to execute environmental related creative planning meetings. Basically, say we’re doing a sermon on fear and things like that, then maybe we would take our team to a graveyard at night to work through stuff. To be familiar with those feelings are create through that. Haven’t tried it yet. Could be pretty hit or miss.

    • http://philbowdle.com/ Phil Bowdle

      Very interesting, and a little scary :) Keep me posted on what you guys learn through these environmental creative planning meetings!

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