The Preaching Consultant
Hi, my name is Patrick Sutherland and I'm the Preaching Consultant.
Why have a preaching consultant?
The short answer is that I believe everyone who preaches needs an encouragement and support.
The long answer is that preaching is a lonely task. Every week pastors across the world sit down to write a sermon. They pour their hearts and souls into the work. They study, reflect, and plan to create a message that will hopefully make a difference to the people who listen.
All too often our preaching happens in a vacuum. We may hear good things as people shuffle out of church. We definitely hear from people who didn't like the sermon all that much. But do we ever get meaningful feedback on our preaching?
We could all benefit from having someone in our lives who will listen and reflect on our preaching. We need people to give us encouragement. We need people to challenge us. As a preaching consultant I am ready to be a voice of support for you.
How can consultation help your preaching?
Consultation isn't a magic formula that will instantly fix whatever challenges you may be facing. Instead, consultation is an opportunity for you to receive unbiased feedback from a trusted support.
Together, we will work to identify the areas of your strength and the areas where you could improve. We can work on existing sermons or develop material for an upcoming Sunday.
Beyond consultation, on this site you will find a number of articles I hope you will find helpful as you serve. It is my hope that these articles will be informative and encouraging for you on your journey.
What makes me a preaching consultant?
Let's be honest, anyone with access to the computer and the internet can make a website and call themselves a preaching consultant. What exactly qualifies me to talk to anyone about preaching?
First, I have spent the last six years studying preaching I am presently a PhD candidate studying preaching. My research tracks the development of contemporary models of preaching.
Second, I have a wide range of preaching experiences from my time as a pastor at a local church to my earliest experiences of preaching at youth camps and retreats.
Third, and most important, I want to support you. I know what it feels like to struggle to make a message that people will appreciate. I have tasted the bitterness of messages falling flat and the joy of hearing what God has done through the preaching of his word. I want nothing more than to help you overcome your challenges and celebrate your successes. I believe I can help you.
Services & Pricing
I currently offer two consulting packages:
The One Shot Consult - $250
**The Next Five Customers Qualify for 50% Discount**
This package is a great way to try consultation without making a major commitment of time or money. The primary goal of this package is to focus on one sermon. You will provide me with a video, mp3, or transcript of one of your sermons. I will then study your sermon to identify your strengths and the areas where you could benefit from growth. You will receive a follow up consultation to discuss the results and a written report with my notes on your sermon.
With this package you will receive:
- A preliminary consultation call.
- A feedback on your sermon.
- An assessment of your strengths and areas of growth.
- A follow up consult to discuss feedback and assessment.
The Goal-Oriented Consult - $600
This package is all about working together to improve your preaching. Similar to the One Shot Consult, this package begins with a study of an existing sermon and a report of your strengths and areas of growth.
However, this is only the beginning. Following the initial feedback, we will identify a target area of growth that you want to work on. We will set a goal for you to work on. We will come up with a plan of how to meet that goal.
With a goal and a plan, you will have the opportunity for two more consultations that include a sermon study and consultation call with emphasis placed on your goals.
Here are some (but not all) of the areas we can work on together:
- Organizing Your Sermon
- Finding and Utilizing Illustrations
- Sermon Delivery
- Incorporating Application into Your Messages
- Effective use of Scripture
- and more...
With this package you will receive:
- A preliminary consult call.
- Feedback on three sermons.
- Assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.
- Resources and direction to meet your goal.
- Three consult calls directed at establishing and reaching your goal