A Way with Words

Preaching That Transforms Congregations

Adam T. Trambley

Apr/2020, 168 Pages, PAPER, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640652545



A vital resource for pastors who seek to transform the culture of their church

A Way with Words demonstrates the power of the weekly sermon to change the culture of a congregation. Using the analogy of language learning, Adam Trambley shows how a consistent ministry focus over an eighteen-month period can help a church address areas that inhibit growth even as the pastor preaches on a diversity of subjects or uses a lectionary. The author explores how important focused preaching can be to moving church development forward and offers a long-term strategy particularly helpful for pastors looking to take full advantage of the opportunities their weekly sermons provide. Each chapter includes discussion questions and practical exercises that can be used as part of a preaching group or seminary class, or to aid the solo pastor in preparing dynamic sermons.

This is a topic not generally taught in seminary, but vital for pastors who wear many hats as preachers, pastoral caregivers, and administrative leaders.

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ADAM T. TRAMBLEY has been a solo pastor in two traditional Episcopal churches for a total of 15 years. In both churches, he successfully used focused preaching to deal with particular congregational issues. He has also led strategic planning processes for his parishes and diocese. He blogs at The Black Giraffe and has written articles for a number of local and national publications. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary.

“A breath of fresh air for the pastor stymied by the sometimes glacially slow pace of change. By approaching preaching from a long-term perspective, Trambley shows us how we can get our main points not just heard but also embedded firmly into the
congregational DNA.”
—Dr. Robert E. Logan, author of The Discipleship Difference

“Adam Trambley’s book . . . will help and inspire any preacher in ways that encourage parishioners not only to hear each individual sermon but also to be drawn forward in a focused and ongoing journey of growth.”
—Dave Daubert, DMin, PhD, CEO/Lead Consultant, Day 8 Strategies, and pastor, Zion Lutheran Church, Elgin, Illinois

"I have read countless books on church growth and leadership, along with a smattering of texts on lectionary preaching, but this delightful book is the first I have encountered that merges the two themes together. It is a helpful resource for pastors seeking the courage to lead their congregants forthrightly into the best version of who they are meant to be."
—Mark O. Wilson, Southern Wesleyan University, Central, SC

Foreword by Bishop Sean W. Rowe


Part I  The Long-Term Sermon

Chapter One                Teaching a New Language

Chapter Two              Imparting New Language Elements

Chapter Three            Providing Theological Rationale and Practical Vision

Chapter Four              Explaining How to Take the Next Steps 

Chapter Five              Discerning the Next Stage

Chapter Six                Long-Term Sermon Templates: Spiritual Gifts and The Way of Love

Part II  Preaching with Prayer, Passion, Personality and Physicality

Chapter Seven            Prayer

Chapter Eight              Passion

Chapter Nine              Personality

Chapter Ten                Physicality

Appendix        A Curriculum for a Long-Term Sermon Preaching Course

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