5 Steps to Becoming a Highly Effective Lay Preacher – Step 1

Learn the importance of preaching and five (5) characteristics of good preaching by lay preachers and pastors.

– Taught by Pastor Mark Finley

What Will I Learn?

  • What preaching is
  • The top factors, which lead people to choose a church
  • Five (5) characteristics of good preaching by lay preachers and pastors
  • How to prepare biblical sermons
  • Lessons from Jesus’ preaching
  • Why gracious words came out of the mouth of Jesus

“If you do not understand the significance of preaching you will never be a great preacher.”
Pastor Mark Finley

The lesson includes the notes from Pastor Mark Finley’s presentation, which are available for you to read online and also to download.

NOTE: To complete this course you will be required to take a brief, computer-graded, quiz to test your understanding of the material presented by Pastor Mark Finley. A score of 70% or higher is required to pass and receive your digital certificate of completion.

*** Enroll in all five courses (Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, Step 4 and Step 5) in the 5 Steps to Becoming a Highly Effective Lay Preacher series and become a dynamic and highly effective lay preacher.

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Mark Finley, Pastor and International Televangelist, serves as Assistant to the President of the General Conference, appointed at the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta. Prior to this, he became a vice president at the 2005 General Conference Session in St. Louis, after serving nearly two years as general field secretary at the world headquarters, directing the Center for Global Evangelism. As assistant to the president, he continues to work with evangelism and television as his primary portfolio.

Evangelism is where he made his mark on the world, presenting more than 200 evangelistic campaigns around the globe in about 100 countries with the resulting baptisms numbering in the thousands. His best-known association is as a television speaker for the series Experience Hope a weekly broadcast of the Hope Channel; for 20 years as speaker for the It Is Written telecast; and he became a pioneer of satellite evangelism technology when he launched the first NET evangelism satellite series broadcast in North America in1995, and again in 1996, 2000 and 2008. He has preached more than 20 NET series broadcasts throughout the world with millions in attendance.


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 4 reviews
 by Hayden Montaque

Remarkable presentations. I completed all 5. I was truly blessed by them. Pastor Mark Finly made it look and feel so easy. Great job.

 by Regina E---

I will be excited to complete all the steps. This lesson has created a joy inside my heart. I am thankful that Mark Finley shares his knowledge and love of Christ to us. I am now looking forward to speaking in front of a small church plant

 by Lucienne

It is my goal to complete the rest of the courses for the preacher soon. Thank you for making these programs available to help us better ourselves in witnessing for the Master. God bless!

 by Collette R.

Pastor Finley’s lecture on “5 Steps To Becoming a Highly Effective Lay Preacher-Step1” was presented in such an eloquent way that it was easy for me to follow and understand. He expounded on the subject of how important preaching a sermon really is, and how it plays a large part as to whether a person might stay in a church or not. He explained how and why Jesus spoke so eloquently, and gave examples of what a good sermon really should be. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to preach more effectively. I plan to take all 5 steps in this series .