Just read The Big Idea by Dave Ferguson, Jon Ferguson, and Eric Bramlett. Great book on keeping a central theme to Sunday morning experiences at churches. What I found particularly helpful was there outline for prepping Sunday Services well in advance. Here’s the short of it…
One Year Out: Series Schedule
Calendar listing of where we are going for the year. Host a large brainstorming meeting leading into this, and then the lead boils it down to the schedule.
Thirteen Weeks Out: Big Idea Graphs
Write-up on the Big Idea is distributed so all arts, teaching, and small group teams can begin personal brainstorming.
Nine Weeks Out: Creative Planning
Services get planned nine weeks out. They have a weekly meeting, for two hours, separated by children, student, and adult services.
Five Weeks Out: Reality Check
Are we able to pull of the props, videos, and other elements we planned?
Three Weeks Out: Teaching Team Meeting
Brainstorm teaching material and outline, with one-week assignments to manuscript. Small Group Discussion writing is commissioned at this time as well.
Two Weeks Out: Due Date
Manuscript and creative elements are due. PPT & visual enhancements to follow.