Docent Group and their various users and writers (who we have exposed in various posts here). Thankfully, one of their previous ghost-writers and plagiarism-facilitators, Jared Wilson, already revealed that most of his clients demanded exegesis (the work of sermon preparation) and not mere illustrations or thought-concepts regarding the Text.
Exegesis is the work of sermon-writing, pulling the meaning out of the Text. It amounts to what Paul demands of pastors…
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15)
The only thing left for a pastor to do after the exegesis is the sermon delivery, known as homiletics. That is, unless the sermon has been completely crafted by someone else, at which point what the pastor does is called “acting.” It shouldn’t suprise us that the SBC President, Ed Litton, who started us down the Docent Group rabbit hole has an IMBD page for acting. Sadly, it doesn’t include 15 years of preaching other people’s sermons in his acting profile.
But as we’ve demonstrated in our previous posts, and will demonstrate with an original Docent Group pdf prepared for a sermon series, they will do everything but literally preach it for you.
The PDF, entitled Ephesians Research, is a 280+ page document for the start-to-finish of an Ephesians sermon series.
Note the Table of Contents (below).
Notice that less than half to PDF includes overviews, supplemental materials (which is what Docent Group tells the public they do, accounting for only 2 pages of the PDF), definitions, some linguistic work, and “tips” for preaching. The rest of the 280 pages include “Sermon Briefs.”
What are the “Sermon Briefs?” See below.
The so-called “Sermon Briefs” are approximately 8-10 pages long, which is about the length of a typical 35-40 minute sermon, written out in manuscript form. And when looking at their “Sermon Briefs,” we see that they are, effectively, sermons. There is nothing “brief” about 8-10 pages of sermon notes. This is a pre-packaged sermon, in which someone can merely add transitions from one point to the next, and to preach without any work of his own.
One might argue that some commentaries provide this type of service. The difference is, pastors do not quote Docent Group as doing their research and sermon prep. They are not attributing their research to paid “researchers” and exegesis providers. They are taking credit for “research” (exegesis) they did not do.
For this type of work, Docent Group charges $840 per sermon (at 100 “bank of hours,” give or take based upon how often they use Docent) per sermon. The math is (as Docent says in the small print below) that a standard sermon takes up to 12 hours, and billed at $70 per hour (for low-hour consumers). This sermon series cost at least $11,160 just counting the second half of the PDF.
That’s a lot of money to get out of doing your own sermon prep…which, pastors, Paul says is your job. But, this is why it appears that Docent Group has been used almost exclusively by mega-church pastors, whose churches can afford it. It’s the perfect vehicle to invade America’s pulpit with the gaggle of Marxists, pro-choice feminists, and Critical Race Theorists we have already exposed as their authors.
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