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Docent proved to be exceptional at scholarly research. I was especially impressed at the speed at which they could gather information. I've found their work most useful when I give them specific requests to help in my preparation for sermons.

Craig Groeschel, Lead Pastor, Edmond, OK

Docent has been an awesome resource for me.  Their research is tailored to your personal needs and supplements your own message research remarkably well. Docent's research has enriched my messages and helped me communicate the gospel more effectively. I believe my teaching is significantly better with more depth and insight because of Docent's work. I can't recommend them highly enough!

Jud Wilhite, Senior Pastor

Central Christian Church, Las Vegas, Nevada

I highly recommend Docent Research Group to any pastor who is serious about teaching God’s Word with accuracy and precision.  Their careful and watchful research of the Scriptures has proved time after time to be a great addition to my personal study and it has always worked to make my sermons better.  At times it has improved it with more intellectual insight, sometimes with clear illustrations, and at other times with very practical applications.  Docent has served to help our people perceive, see, and hear God’s Word more clearly.

Matt Carter, Senior Pastor

Austin Stone, Austin, TX

Docent has been a humongous help to me, saving me literally hours each week and improving the quality of my preaching dramatically. These guys are the real deal. I give them assignments and questions on everything from interpretation to cultural analysis to illustration, and they get me thorough answers, always on time. They are outstanding scholars and really “get” my job as a communicator. I often have people remark to me, “How many hours did you spend on that sermon? Where do you get time to do all that research?” Ha. Thanks, guys for making me look so good!

J.D. Greear, Lead Pastor

Summit Church, Raleigh, NC

After learning how to multiply volunteer servants, multiply giving, and even multiply staff, I was certain there had to be a way to multiply my sermon prep time. But how?  The answer in a word is Docent. What a great thing! My weekly Docent interaction strengthens and energizes me so I can hit sermon prep time with focus and passion—and best of all, Docent helps me drill a lot deeper, a lot faster. 

Ken Werlein, Senior Pastor

Faithbridge Church, Spring, TX

I am really glad that I had the chance to run into Glenn Lucke and hear about Docent.  I believe it is a brilliant idea that will enhance the effectiveness of many pastor's teaching simply by providing more study than one person can do within a week.  We found that our researcher was very committed, very thorough, very flexible and willing to work within our ministry context to offer what would help us best.  I highly recommend any pastor give Docent a try.

Dave Nelson, Lead Pastor

K2 the Church, Salt Lake City, UT

Do you need more time to be ready for Sunday?  Do you need new ideas, fresh material, a way to connect with the variety of groups of people within your congregation?  Then maybe I can recommend to you a practical solution that has maximized my time, increased my knowledge base for message development, and provided me fresh material that I just haven’t had the time to obtain.  Docent Research Group is the practical solution for every pastor’s most important task.  

Dr. Roger Patterson, Senior Pastor

West University Baptist & Crosspoint Church, Houston, TX

The moment I sat down with Glenn I caught a vision of how he could make my ministry better and free up some much needed time.  Because of his experience in fast growing church environments he understands the crazy schedule of a Senior Pastor and most importantly is a good listener.  He customized what Docent provides so that I could focus on the things senior leaders need to be focused on to keep the mission on track. Glenn has helped me communicate God’s truth with a depth and breadth that I didn’t always have time to provide on my own. Take 30 minutes and talk to Glenn. Maybe he could take a small portion of your weekly burden and help you as much as he has helped me.  

Patrick Kelley, Senior Pastor

River Pointe Church, Houston, TX

As a pastor, I am always faced with the challenge of being available to my congregation while also carving out the hours needed to properly prepare biblically sound messages. Docent has given me a head start each week on my research - allowing me to focus on the things that only I can do. I am a fan of Docent!

Ryan Rush, Pastor

Bannockburn Baptist Church, Austin, TX

Trust me. These Docent guys are great. Professors have graduate students assist in their research, so why don’t preachers?  It’s not about short cuts. It’s about depth and quality in preaching. They pick my brain, run down hard to find resources and stimulate my thinking in fresh and creative ways. Their quality scholarship makes me less dependent on the quick fix of reading “popular sermons.” It’s one of the smartest things I’ve done.

Vic Pentz, Senior Minister

Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

In today’s age of Pastor as CEO, it is easy to be pushed in too many directions.  The addition of Docent to my preaching preparation has been a tremendous blessing in helping me to stay focused and creative week in and week out.  In addition to saving valuable time, it has opened doors to resources that I was not aware of, fostering greater understanding and creative, spiritual insights.  Docent does a tremendous job of matching pastor and church with a research team, and my team has been completely attentive to the information I want and how I want it delivered.  They are thorough, flexible, and very easy to work with.  They have become one of my most valuable assets in fulfilling God’s call to proclaim His Word.

David Swanson, Senior Minister

First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, FL

Glenn Lucke has developed a personal sermon research service that is extraordinary. I have just experienced a major time saver that has proven to be highly valuable. Just imagine having at your fingertips a personal, trusted research assistant to gather exegesis and illustration data in one folder to assist your preparation. I was reluctant at first, fearing interference with my personal creative and spiritual process.  Such fears have proven false. 

In short, you get matched by conversation with a researcher. I literally have told him what I want, explained my style, etc. I am frankly amazed at the sensitivity to my requests and the excellence of the research. Probably has saved me 10 hours a week!!!  I highly recommend and suggest it is worth your time to look, explore, consider.

I receive hours of weekly research and high quality material at a reasonable price. 

I have enjoyed the experience and obviously appreciate the researcher who is helping me. They are true teammates wanting me to succeed. It won't hurt a bit to make contact.

Dan Yeary, Senior Pastor

North Phoenix Baptist Church, Arizona

Providing a valuable illustration--talking through an idea--getting a word study that saves me time--gaining insight into a cultural issue and how to address it—assembling exegesis from additional sources--another set of ears and eyes to interact on a topic—these are just some of the kinds of help I receive from Docent. I find Docent to be a valuable resource as I seek to faithfully preach God's Word each week. 

Steve Hartman, Senior Minister

Third Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA

Preaching is the life-blood of the church. God’s people need to hear his word applied practically and strategically to their particular situations and to their culture at large. Rightly interpreting the text, putting it in the macro-perspective of the culture and the micro-perspective of daily life is challenging and time intensive. My Docent researcher works with me on various aspects of sermon preparation, depending on my need or interest in any given week. Docent may assist with exegesis one week. In another week the researcher may be sent to find illustrations, scouring periodicals for timely materials. Another week I may ask for a precis on current developments in a field of science or the arts. It is great to have an informed and like-minded research assistant working with you and that is exactly what Docent gives you.

John Crimmins, Senior Pastor

Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX

In the beginning I thought Docent would be a luxury, something akin to unexpectedly getting bumped to first class on a really long flight. Instead what I’ve found is Docent is an integral part of my preparation each week. I don’t know what I would do without it!

I spend as many hours as before preparing for the crucial task of preaching God’s Word, but now I have additional fresh and well-studied insights that Docent’s researcher brings to the table each week. This frees up my time to focus on broader areas of study that I was never able to get to before.

My suggestion: simply try it.

Jeff Smith, Senior Minister

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX

The research group at Docent has enabled me to pursue a level of depth in analyzing theological concepts and pertinent illustrations for sermons that my schedule had previously prohibited.  I was skeptical when I first  began utilizing Docent, but was quickly convinced when I experienced the quality, breadth and speed of their research.  I highly recommend them!

John Tinnin, Senior Pastor

Intown Community Church, Atlanta, GA

I want to personally endorse and recommend the incredible resource Docent provides for preachers of the Gospel. Having this great team behind us has been a tremendous blessing and I am confident you'll find much help for your sermon preparation here. 

Ray McCollum, Senior Pastor

Christ Community Church, Austin, TX

After thirty-five years of being a pastor, I’ve realized that the most important thing that I do is preach.  There are lots of other important things to do every week; important things piled on top of important things, but preaching tops the list.  It is an extraordinary privilege and responsibility to offer the Word of God to my congregation, always praying that this week’s sermon will become a means for them to both hear and respond to God’s Word.  I have found Docent to be a valued resource in my sermon preparation.  They have been especially helpful in finding illustrations for my sermons.  I commend them to you. 

Gary Dennis, Senior Minister

La Cañada Presbyterian Church, La Cañada, CA

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