This is a workshop I presented at the Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship, October 25, 2016 at Yorkminster Baptist Church, Toronto

This is the outline I developed:

Preaching for Transformation

Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship Workshop

October 25, 2016

Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Wong

Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto

  1. Thinking about transformation/change (Luke 15 11-32 – Prodigal son/waiting father; Luke 19:1-10 – Zacchaeus)
  1. How does preaching relate to transformation? (Acts 2 – Pentecost)

To expound Scripture is to open up the inspired text with such faithfulness and sensitivity that God’s voice is heard and God’s people obey him (John Stott)

Preaching is the communication of a biblical concept, derived from and transmitted through a historical, grammatical and literary study of a passage in its context, which the Holy Spirit first applies to the personality and experience of the preacher, then through the preacher applies it to the hearers (Haddon Robinson)

  1. Roles of God, preacher and congregation in transformation
  1. Preacher preparation

Spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others (M. Robert Mulholland Jr., Invitation to a Journey: A Roadmap for Spiritual Formation, Downers Grove, IVP, 2006)

  1. The preacher’s delivery of the sermon
  1. The preacher modeling transformation

Each of us makes a powerful theological statement the moment we enter a room.  People take one look at us and immediately determine something about our self-image, how we are managing our sexuality, the level of our self-care, our openness to learn and grow, our enthusiasm or lack of it, etc. (Roy M. Oswald, Clergy Self-Care: Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry. The Alban Institute, 1991, 3)

  1. The journey continues – Develop Your Rule of Life and practice it

KEN SHIGEMATSU’S RULE OF LIFE, full-time pastor (God in My Everything, p. 220)

-Take a 24-hour Sabbath once a week

-Begin each day with Scripture and prayer

-Pray the Examen before going to sleep at night

-Run 2-3 x a week, swim 2x a week

-Aim to be home by 5:15 p.m. each day, and to be home at least 4 evening a week

-Fast on Thursdays

-Go on a date with my wife once every 2-3 weeks

-Meet with a spiritual director once a month

-Host people from different backgrounds in our home about once a month

-Take a yearly spiritual retreat with my mentoring  group

-Take a yearly summer vacation with my family and spend New Year’s in Japan with my wife’s family

-Tithe to my local church and give to impoverished children and missions in the developing world to the point where we feel financially stretched

JUNE’S RULE OF LIFE, married with young son, works as a teacher (p. 222-23)


  • Rest and Sunday worship, typically on a Saturday or Sunday (depending on what’s going on)


  • As I can pray throughout the day—in the car, on a walk, before mealtimes
  • More concentrated times of prayer (1) when I put our toddler to bed and (2) before going to bed

Scripture reading:

  • At night before I go to bed; as I can, pray through these Scriptures the following day

Spiritual friendship:

  • Small group with families with young children (currently working through a Bible study book on parenting)


  • Watch movies, favorite shows, dine out/in or hang out with friends/family, go to events/shows
  • Travel once a year in the summertime

Care for the body:

  • As I can, go for an hour jog once a week (if I’m lucky); this is hard in the winter and much easier in the spring/summer
  • Eat mostly a home so as to eat healthy


  • Try to take our son to visit his grandparents once a week

Financial life:

  • Tithe every month
  • Support missionaries and other charitable organizations every month


  • Volunteer as a family at the local seniors’ home once every 2 months
  • Volunteer at camp each summer


  • Through friendship and invite people to church and through our Easter and Christmas Outreaches

Suggested Resources:

Brown, Sally A. “Preaching and Spiritual Formation.” In Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place. Fortress, 2016.

Childers, Jane, ed. Purposes of Preaching. St. Louis: Chalice, 2004. (preaching as an incarnational act, why homiletics is more than method)

Edwards, J. Kent. Deep Preaching: Creating Sermons That Go Beyond the Superficial. Nashville:B&H, 2009 (sections on Spiritual disciplines, personal preparation)

Johnson, Darrell W. The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God’s Transformation of the World.    Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2009. (implication and application)

Keller, Timothy. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Viking, 2015. (preaching to the heart, preaching in the Spirit)

________. “Workshop: Preaching to the Heart”

Killian, Charles D. “PR 810 Preaching as Spiritual Discipline.” Syllabus, Asbury Theological Seminary, 1999.

Larsen, Tim

Luchetti, Lenny. “Preaching, a Spiritual Discipline? Instead of exhaustion, homiletics can bring you life.” Christianity Today online

Luccetti, Lenny. “Practice what you Preach”

Luxa, Steve. “The Spiritual Discipline of Sermon Prep”

Miller, Kevin. “The Spiritual Disciples You Didn’t Choose.” Preaching Today

Robinson, Haddon. Biblical Preaching, 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014

Shigematsu, Ken. God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.

Taylor, Barbara Brown. The Preaching Life. Cambridge, MS: Cowley, 1993.

Warren, Rick.

Wong, Daniel L. “Preaching in a Multicultural World”


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