Elective Modules / Ministry

Dynamic Preaching

Brick Cliff

Dynamic Preaching

Master dynamic preaching, godly pastor traits, impactful illustrations, dynamic sermon writing, and practical altar calls.

5 Video Lessons

Watch, listen, and learn as Brick Cliff shows you how to organize dynamic sermons.

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Brick Cliff offers a dynamic exploration of essential aspects of effective preaching and pastoral leadership. Participants will learn to distinguish the transformative power of preaching from conventional teaching methods, understand the key qualities of a godly pastor, master the art of using illustrations to enhance preaching, and craft dynamic sermons with impactful application. The course also covers the practical aspects of written sermons, including altar calls and outlines. Whether you’re starting your ministry or seeking to refine your preaching and pastoral skills, this course provides valuable insights and equips individuals to bring vibrancy, passion, and lasting impact to their endeavors.

What You’ll Learn

  • Distinguish the transformative power of preaching from conventional teaching.
  • Explore the key qualities of a godly pastor, emphasizing moral character and effective communication.
  • Master the art of using illustrations to enhance preaching effectiveness and captivate the audience.
  • Craft dynamic sermons with relatable illustrations, impactful application, and effective organization.
  • Understand the practical aspects of altar calls, creating welcoming atmospheres, and constructing compelling sermon outlines.


1. Preaching and Teaching

In Session 1, “Preaching and Teaching” by Brick Cliff, you will learn how to distinguish preaching from teaching. Beyond the conventional line-upon-line approach to teaching, this session emphasizes the crucial distinction that preaching carries a transformative power to penetrate hearts and induce life-changing experiences.Inspired by Jesus, Brick Cliff explores seven key differences, emphasizing the need for a powerful, action-inspiring message. Addressing misconceptions about sermon preparation, the class delves into the spiritual significance of crafting impactful messages, drawing parallels with biblical figures like Solomon. By unraveling the mysteries of effective preaching, students are equipped to bring vibrancy, energy, and lasting impact to their ministry. 

2. Characteristics of a Godly Pastor

In Session 2, “Characteristics of a Godly Pastor,” by Brick Cliff, aspiring pastors delve into the dual messages conveyed by pastors — spoken words and exemplary lives. Focusing on 1 Timothy 3:1-7, the session outlines key qualities of a godly pastor, emphasizing moral character, balanced living, and family management. It explores disqualifying factors, including drunkenness, violence, love of money, and recent conversion. The importance of fire, passion, and effective communication is highlighted, emphasizing the need for a respectable appearance, varied vocal dynamics, and the use of illustrations. The session stresses the synergy of prepared sermons and the Holy Spirit’s anointing, urging pastors to use compelling stories and illustrations for impactful preaching.

3. Illustrations and Sermon Topics

In Session 3 “Illustrations and Sermon Topics,” by Brick Cliff, students explore the art of using illustrations to enhance preaching effectiveness. The session emphasizes principles over legalistic rules, focusing on the importance of illustrations in emphasizing truths, aiding understanding, and keeping the audience engaged. Highlighting the multifaceted role of illustrations, from creating word pictures to fostering favorable reception, the class delves into the memory-enhancing power of illustrations. Practical insights on incorporating stories, parables, and cultural references are provided, encouraging creativity in delivering impactful sermons. The session also addresses common misconceptions about illustrations and offers guidance on effective utilization, emphasizing the need for interesting and relatable stories to captivate the audience. 

4. Organizing and Writing a Dynamic Sermon

In Session 4, “Organizing and Writing a Dynamic Sermon” by Brick Cliff emphasizes the importance of relatable illustrations. He guides aspiring preachers to choose stories that resonate with their audience and encourages the use of humor, clarity, and avoiding exaggeration in storytelling. Brick then imparts general principles for choosing sermon topics, stressing the significance of a daily connection with God, studying the Bible diligently, and understanding the common needs of people. The session has valuable insights on finding the right scriptures, organizing sermons, and, most importantly, the art of impactful application. In this enriching session, Brick Cliff equips future preachers to craft sermons that resonate, connect, and inspire positive change in the lives of their congregations. 

5. Altar Calls and Outlines

In Session 5, “Altar Calls and Outlines,” Brick Cliff directs attention to the practical aspects of written sermons. He highlights the significance of altar calls as moments of response, allowing individuals to embrace salvation, rededication, or commitments for change. Brick emphasizes the importance of creating a welcoming atmosphere during altar calls, utilizing music and providing specific and general invitations. The session stresses the role of pastors and leaders in ministering during these calls and the necessity of having counselors for those receiving salvation. Additionally, Brick introduces the value of a sermon outline, guiding students on constructing a well-organized sermon with a compelling title, engaging introduction, informative body, and impactful conclusion. 

Quick Facts


English, French




1.9 credit units

No. of Sessions

5 Sessions

Running Time

2 hours 34 minutes

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About the Instructor

Brick Cliff

S. Brick Cliff, is a missionary and professor. For over 30 years in Africa, India, and Latin America. Alongside his wife, Beth, they have been instrumental in evangelism, church planting, and directing Bible schools.

Dr. Cliff is the President of Nation-2-Nation Christian University, a video-based ministerial school, and also serves as the Founder and President of World Impact Now (WIN) Ministries.

Having started and directed three Christian film studios, Dr. Cliff’s commitment extends to teaching seminars internationally and overseeing church-based schools. He has initiated over 1,000 church-based Bible schools worldwide, making a profound impact on ministerial education.

A graduate of Elim Bible Institute, Spring Arbor University, and Covenant Theological Seminary (with a doctorate in ministry), Dr. Cliff and his wife reside in San Benito, Texas, on the Mexican border. Their three grown children, Sara Outlaw, Benjamin, and Josiah, are actively contributing to WIN Ministries and Nation-2-Nation Christian University, continuing the family legacy of service and dedication.”


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