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Has This ever Happened to You?

A Common Experience


Sunday is coming.

You have a couple ideas about what direction you want to take with the text and the service, but really, you are:

1) exhausted,

2) on the verge of burnout and

3) struggling with inspiration.

You wrack your brain looking for stories from your life to connect the Biblical text to everyday life…but…nothing comes.

As a last ditch resort, you go to the interwebs for inspiration. You’ve done this before with, at best, mixed results.


But what if?

The Dream



There really was a great site out there that could help with your writer’s block. What if there was a resource that you could actually trust, week in and week out, to inspire both you and your flock.

Our Mission

Why we exist


Curated resources that leverage the power of storytelling-leading to spiritual transformation.

Our Library of Resources

Curation by pastors for pastors

Sermon Illustration Pages

Sermon Quote Pages

Liturgy Pages

Lectionary Guides

total pages of content


Theologically poignant stories gleaned from the best of ancient and modern sources that powerfully engage the heart and the mind and illustrate the transformative power of the Gospel.


Pithy and provocative sayings from across the theological and historical landscape that succinctly, winsomely, and thoughtfully punctuate a point and with just a few words, bring a sermon to life.


Uniquely crafted corporate prayers and confessions, both ancient and modern, that ground us in the redemptive story of scripture, connects us to the universal church, and form our language, practice and culture as people of Christ.


A thoughtful and accessible living commentary on the text including contextual clues, preaching insights, angles for messaging, and accompanying resources and liturgies from the TPW library.


Insight on a wide variety of subjects all ministry leaders face from spiritual burnout to day-to-day local and global crises to reflection on contemporary culture to practical ideas for ministry

As a solo pastor of a busy parish church (and a PhD candidate) in Scotland, my time for sermon prep is often limited to a few precious hours a week, sometimes even less. Even though we live in an age of voluminous online resources, very few of them offer anything more than a mile-wide and inch-deep approach to the tasks of preaching and Christian discipleship.

Anyone who utilizes this resource will find a wealth of spiritual treasures for the taking, and therefore I warmly commend The Pastor’s Workshop to everyone who has an interest in preaching God’s Word in a faithful and effective manner. 

Joshua M. Mikelson

Pastor, Kemnay Parish Church, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

I have found The Pastor’s Workshop to be an incredible resource for getting my creative juices flowing, especially in those moments (which we all have) when we seem stuck and inspiration is non-existent.  Thanks Stu for all your work on this remarkable site!

Jerry Deck

Lead Pastor, Zionsville Presbyterian Church

I love preaching and putting together worship services, but we all have those moments when we simply do not have the mental energy or time to do it on our own. In those moments I now turn to thepastorsworkshop.com. What a Godsend.

There are dozens of pithy, theologically helpful sermon illustrations as well as those great quotes you half remember but can’t quite put your finger on when you need them. This is not just sermon filler; it’s sermon power.

Heather Ghormley

Rector and Founding Pastor, Tree of Life Anglican Church, Mishawaka, Indiana

Even for a stodgy Anglican with a Book of Common Prayer that serves-up-the-script for our worship services, I still benefit greatly from thepastorsworkshop.com.  This site presents intriguing and non-cliched quotes and stories that deepen the homiletical craft, and all those non-Anglicans out there can find biblically and theologically grounded liturgical helps that will deepen worship.

Ethan Magness

Rector and Founding Pastor, Grace Anglican Church, Grove City, Pennslylvania