Brandon Kelley

40 Added | 1 Magazine | 3 Followers | @BrandonKelley_ | Follower of Jesus. Husband. Dad. Pastor. Writer. Co-Founder of RookiePreacher.com. Punching nominal Christianity in the face (in love)! Writing at BrandonKelley.org

5 Great Benefits of Using Real Paper for Sermon Preparation

We’re big fans of Evernote around here. But we’re also big fans of old school tools that still work. In fact, we may be missing out on some big …

C.H. Spurgeon: 5 Daily Virtues Church Leaders Must Practice

I’ve been enjoying getting into C.H. Spurgeon’s book, <i>Lectures to My Students</i>. I highly recommend it to any and all pastors. In the beginning of the …

How to Disciple Busy Men - by Chris Pascarella

I interact regularly with young, ambitious, and busy men. They are regular attendees, members, and aspiring leaders in my church. They have young …

Coming Soon: Sticky Sermons Notebook

“Wow, this is great!” Those were the words I heard when I showed the staff at The Crossing the proof copy of the <i>Sticky Sermons Notebook</i>. Nothing like …

How to Create a Path to Guide Regulars to Become ALL IN Members [The Growing Church]

Every pastor pushes up against this challenge: <i>how do we help more of our regulars become more committed to the mission and vision of the Church?</i> So, …

I am Adding These "Old School" Tools in 2017

We have pointed you towards lots of modern resources to help you stay productive in your pastoring and preaching but today I want to share some “old …

Should You Buy "Preaching Sticky Sermons"? These Pastors Think So

We are passionate about helping you preach better. And we believe that the response to <i>Preaching Sticky Sermons</i> <i></i>is allowing us to do that in the lives …

Preaching Sticky Sermons is Available (Plus Bonuses)

Do you want to preach more memorable sermons? Do you want to connect with your congregation and the guests who visit in a better way through your …

Improve Your Preaching: How to Structure Your Sermon Like a Story

You should structure your sermon like a story. Consider this: no matter how old we get, we will always love a good story. It’s the reason we go to …

Preaching Sticky Sermons Book Trailer

If you want your next sermon to stick with your congregation far beyond Sunday, then <i>Preaching Sticky Sermons</i> is the preaching book for you. In it, we …

Courageous Leadership is Required to Grow a Church

A growing church is a byproduct of courageous leadership that prays boldly and takes bold action that honors God. But too many churches are led by …

The Growing Church Series: 10 Characteristics of Churches That Grow

I’m sure you’ve heard the startling news that Thom Rainer, President and CEO of Lifeway has said, “eight out of ten of the approximately 400,000 …

6 Keys to a Successful Church Membership Class (That You Might Not Expect)

Every church should have a membership class. Every church. Some may not agree because, for them, membership is simply aligning with beliefs. But I …

Preaching With Authority: 5 Keys to Do So

We live in a time when <i>authority</i> and <i>preaching</i> are bad words. Combine the two? Preaching <i>with</i> authority! It’s a counter-culture thing. Everything in the …

Know Your Audience: 22 Life Situations to Keep in Mind When Preaching

Every other industry knows it. You know it intuitively. You have to know your audience when preaching. Simple enough, right? Well, not so fast. If …

18 Do's and Don'ts For Family And Friends of A Depressed Person

A couple of weeks ago, I asked our congregation to raise their hands if they or someone close to them have been affected by cancer. Obviously, hands …

5 Things Youth Ministry Taught Me About Preaching to Adults

The room was ready. I had my coffee. I had my notes. I had my slides. It was second service and I was greeting Middle School students as they …

How to Gather Sermon Prep Content Into Evernote for Maximum Efficiency

I use Evernote for everything. It is <i>the</i> place for preparing sermons and an assortment of other things in my ministry context. It is powerful, but it …

7 Online Sermon Preparation Resources You Need

Bible study software abounds these days. Certainly, they are useful and very handy to have. But what if you don’t have thousands of dollars to get …

7 Questions for Evaluating Your Last Sermon

Do you go about evaluating your last sermon? Sports players watch film. Musicians listen to their performance. Business people evaluate what happened …

Finding Adventure in the Mundane (of Preparing Sermons)

I don’t know about you but sometimes in the midst of preparing sermons I get bored, or preoccupied, or distracted, or tired, or whatever. This is …

How to Powerfully Preach a Narrative Passage

One of my favorite things to do in ministry is to preach a narrative passage. People love stories, and that is what narrative is. This means that a …

Improvisation and the Art of Preaching

In high school I joined the Jazz Band as a freshman as a replacement for someone who quit a month before the end of the year concert. If you know …

How to Change A Board Member's Perspective

I have for the most part worked with some great board members. My stories about difficult board members are not from personal testimony but from the …

7 Types of Action Steps to End Your Sermon With

I’m a big believer in providing action steps. When you end your sermon with one, specific call to action, you are tapping into what marketers already …

Happy 1st Birthday to RookiePreacher.com

One year ago, Joe and I launched this website with the first post. Since then we’ve seen continued growth in terms of traffic, reach, and impact. As …

How to Turn Easter Guests Into Regular Attenders

It’s almost here! Many Easter guests will be attending church services in your building. Do you have a plan to turn those Easter guests into regular …

Your Church's Vision is Missing This 1 Thing

Vision is the fuel for the forward momentum in your church. God’s word says <i>where there is no vision, the people perish</i> (Proverbs 29:18). It’s vital …

How Your Church Can Reach More People With Facebook

Do you ever hear about the amazing power of Facebook and how <i>you can reach more people with Facebook</i>, but then you feel lost at how to actually do …

Should a Pastor Know How Much People Give?

Last Sunday we had our third Membership Meeting as we prepare for our Annual General Meeting. We covered many topics including have a personal …