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Alex Hannis

Alex Hannis
Alex Hannis is a Customer Advocate with Breeze Church Management. When he isn't serving as the Deacon of Connections for his church in central Virginia, he enjoys drinking coffee with his wife and falling asleep on the couch while watching baseball.

Recent Posts

9 Ways to Improve Your Sermon Illustrations

Posted by Alex Hannis on February 15, 2021


In the circles I run in, no one complains sermons are too short. Most pastors are typically quite gifted at–and enjoy–explaining the biblical passage each week. As pastors, the danger we must fight, though, is delivering a dry lecture instead of a compelling sermon. One way to do so is through illustrations.  Illustrations can be a helpful tool to redirect the aim of your sermon from the head to the heart. The trouble is, it can be difficult to know exactly how to do this well. I admit my own...

5 Advent Sermon Ideas From Passages You Might Not Expect

Posted by Alex Hannis on December 7, 2020


December is here again.  You’ve already preached the Luke narrative. You taught from Matthew’s Gospel last year.  Not to mention that whole series you did in the Isaiah prophecies once, too. And yet, Christmas is approaching and you’re not quite sure which passages to teach from or themes to cover this Advent season.  Well, I have good news for you. The Bible is one big book of Advent. How do I mean? The word Advent has its roots in Latin and carries with it the meaning of “coming.”  The story...

4 Steps to Turn Church Visitors into Committed Members

Posted by Alex Hannis on October 16, 2020


How could anyone have guessed what this year was going to look like? I’ve made the joke several times that I must have missed the class in seminary called “World Pandemics” or “Ministry During a Deadly Virus.” Still, in almost an instant, my church moved online for 23 straight weeks. When we emerged from our quarantined homes and began to gather safely again, I was comforted by the small hint of normality. Of course, not everything was the same. For one, I noticed that attendance had declined....

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