February 10, 2015. Extemporaneous Preaching Class at The General Theological Seminary. I was given 1 hour of preparation time before delivering this sermon.

Text: Matthew 16:24-27

Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? ‘For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done.

I found that practicing extemporaneous preaching did not diminish the importance of research and preparation (which are highly important to me), but improved my pastoral presence and got me more comfortable with preaching without a full manuscript.