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WRITER GUIDELINES FOR THE CHARACTER COUNCIL WEBSITE
4-Minute Sermons with Sermon Outlines

Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
December 2, 2001, Rev. Jan 1, 2005

Introduction to the Faith Community Portion of the Website

The general purpose of the Faith Community division of the website for the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky (www.charactercincinnati.org) is to assist individuals, parents, faith leaders, teachers, and others in encouraging the practice of the monthly character qualities in accord with the national schedule of monthly qualities published by the International Association of Character Cities.

The organization of the content of the Faith Community division of the website includes a general section and separate sections for Christian, Jewish, and Other Faiths. Included in the Christian section (and hopefully in Jewish and Other later) is a subsection concerning character in general, as well as a subsection for each of the 49 character qualities. Each of the character qualities include Character Helps, References, Sermons, and other materials pertaining to that specific character quality--including materials specifically designed to help congregations and schools committed to being a "Church of Character" (or Synagogue or Temple) or "Faith-Based School of Character." These latter materials include, for example, monthly newsletters introducing the character quality, 4-minute sermons and sermon outlines, announcements illustrating the character quality through testimony, bulletin inserts, and 5-minute studies for groups, classes, and meetings. These materials provide suggestions and ideas, and can be downloaded if desired for modification or direct use.


**If you are interested in submitting an article for publication with Character Council or writing monthly articles, please review the Writer Guidelines below and contact Michael Lyons, Editor of Faith Outreach, at s1211349@cedarville.edu


Writer Guidelines for 4-Minute Sermons and Sermon Outlines

  1. Purpose: The purpose of the 4-minute sermon and sermon outline is to encourage and assist preachers, priests, rabbis, and other leaders in preparing their sermons or homilies on the monthly character quality, so that they in turn can effectively encourage the practice of the monthly character quality in their congregation and beyond.

  2. Goal of Sermon: The goal of the 4-minute sermon is to encourage the congregation to practice the character quality of the month through appeal to Scripture and the moral authority and love of the spiritual leader.

  3. Audience: The expected audience is adults and students (grades 7 and higher) in urban, suburban and rural communities.
    1. Do not assume your audience has a strong background in the Bible.
      • Do not use "in house" terminology understood only by informed church attendees, if possible (e.g. "at the foot of the cross", "cleansed by His blood").
      • Provide enough information to help people understand your message.
      • Keep in mind your audience may not be familiar with all the major Bible stories and characters.
    2. Be aware that "ye, thou" and other language from the 1600's can unnecessarily create a sense of distance for the contemporary listener, and form a possible conclusion in their mind that these truths are archaic, irrelevant in today's culture, and therefore irrelevant to their own lives. Please consider replacing those verses in your articles with renditions from other versions of the Bible which are true to the wording of the original text, but expressed in contemporary English.

  4. Length of Text: Please limit the text for the 4-minute sermon to 650 words maximum

  5. Convention for definition of character qualities: Please be consistent with the definitions in the Pocket Guide to Good Character published by the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Click here for a link to definitions of each character quality and their corresponding "I will" statements.

  6. Heading: Please include a heading on your document having the following form:

    [Character Quality]- A 4-Minute Sermon With Sermon Outline
    Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

    Contributed by [Name of contributing author]
    [Position and affiliation, City, State]
    [Date submitted or created]

    [TITLE]

    ***

    Example

    ENTHUSIASM - A 4-Minute Sermon With Sermon Outline
    Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

    Contributed by Rev. Clyde C. Miller
    Senior Pastor (Retired), First Christian Assembly, Cincinnati, Ohio
    February 1, 2001

    ENTHUSIASM GETS THE JOB DONE

     

  7. Preparation before Writing: Good writing that glorifies God takes hard work. Pray earnestly for God's hand in your writing. Seek His counsel before beginning a new piece of writing.

  8. Submission of Text:
    1. Please submit the document in text form. Specifically, please submit it in a document created by Microsoft Word, if at all possible.
    2. Further, we request that you use:
      • Times Roman, 12-point font.
      • 1 inch margins (sides, top and bottom)
      • Indentation: None.
      • Single space.
      • Double space between paragraphs.
      • No hard returns, except to end a paragraph. Let the program automatically wrap words to the next line.
      • Use underline, bold and/or italic text sparingly (for necessary emphasis only).
      • Use the tab key for any indentation or tabbing, not the space bar.
      • Please mark all verse citations as following: (Matt 5:44 NIV*). Use the asterisk if all the following verse references will be with the same version. If so, do not include the version in later citations.
    3. Please include an outline highlighting main points of the document at the beginning of the text and each main point labeled above the appropriate material.
    4. Notice: All documents are subject to editing at the editor's discretion.
    5. Please submit the document as an attachment to an e-mail message to Editor at s1211349@cedarville.edu.
  9. Schedule: The target date for submitting the contributed document is two months before the beginning of the month in which the character quality is to be featured as the character quality of the month. This gives time to get it onto the website and make it available to interested parties at least 6 weeks before the month of implementation.

    2005 Annual Schedule of Character Qualities -

    Target Date for Submission

    January

    Orderliness

    November 1

    February

    Forgiveness

    December 1

    March

    Sincerity

    January 1

    April

    Virtue

    February 1

    May

    Honor

    March 1

    June

    Justice

    April1

    July

    Gentleness

    May 1

    August

    Faith

    June1

    September

    Responsibility

    July 1

    October

    Patience

    August 1

    November

    Initiative

    September 1

    December

    Self-Control

    October 1


  10. Assistance and Ideas: Please feel welcome to contact Michael Lyons at any time with any ideas or questions you have and for any assistance with preparing and submitting your documents.
Michael Lyons, Editor of Faith Outreach
251 N. Main St #4556
Cedarville, OH 45314
Telephone: 937-766-3357
Email: s1211349@cedarville.edu

 

Thank you very much for your contributions! We believe your investment will have multiple returns both in our community and beyond!

This material is published by the Faith Committee of the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Reproduction and Adaptation is encouraged.