Episode 565: Mark Batterson On His Writing Process, Where He Gets His Ideas, Non-Anxious Curiosity, And How To Be True To Your Voice When Others Want to Change It

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New York Times Bestselling author Mark Batterson breaks down the exact writing process which he’s used for 23 books, including several New York Times Bestsellers. He also shares where he gets his ideas, how he tracks them, how to develop a non-anxious curiosity, and how to be true to your voice when others want to change it. Mark updates his writing process for the first time since he outlined it in Episode 32 of the podcast.

Welcome to Episode 565 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

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Preaching Cheat Sheet

Pastors, we all know how difficult it can be to keep your sermons feeling fresh and relevant, especially when you’re preaching week after week.

Whether you’re hitting writer’s block or trying to put the finishing touches on your sermon, things don’t always go as planned.

To help, I’ve created a 10-step preaching cheat sheet. After decades of preaching, I simplified my sermon preparation into a series of steps and reminders that help me ensure my sermons are engaging, relevant, and memorable.

It will help you structure your message and key takeaways in a way that people will actually remember and apply to their lives. I’ve even had people come up to me YEARS after preaching a sermon and repeat my bottom line back to me.

It’s easy to use, just 10 simple prompts, with examples, that you can start using as early as this Sunday.

To start transforming your preaching visit preachingcheatsheet.com and download your copy for free.


Onboarding new volunteers is tough. A confusing or complicated process can lead to people slipping through the cracks. You don’t want that.

A clear and simple onboarding process will make sure new people are prepared and motivated. To do that, you’ll need a good, reliable system.

Well, let me recommend ServeHQ to you.

They’re easy-to-use automation tools make onboarding new volunteers and church members fast, easy, and consistent. You can create automatic sequences that enroll learners in online courses, send timed messages, and alert church staff members of follow-up tasks, too.

Check it out at ServeHQ.church

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Next Episode: JP Pokluda

JP Pokluda talks about preaching and reaching young adults, ChatGPT, AI and what it means for preachers, the exact preaching process he uses, what Gen Z church might look like, the Asbury revival, and the virtues and vices of leaders.

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We've all been there before...

  • You need to refresh your vision for the future but know that change will be an issue for that person.
  • You're overstaffed (or missing a key role) and can't find the right person to fill the role.
  • You aren't reaching enough new people even though you've tried everything that's working for other churches.
  • You can see the issue but aren't confident in what to do about it.

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Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter. He hosts one of today’s most influential leadership podcasts, and his online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change, and personal growth.