Beware....bad preaching is plentiful. Recently my workouts have been punctuated by a plethora of preaching via podcasts..much of it bad...little of it good. I've bailed on more messages than I've made it through.
I realize I'm offering up critical comments about my own fold, real life Pot and Kettle I know. I've offered up my fair share of bad messages, ones that have even bored me during the delivery! There happens to be a lot of buzz about communicating right now. Tally, Gary, and another Bob are giving props to the same book aimed at preachers. Michael serves up a check list.
Driscoll offers a different perspective on getting ready to deliver a message, well worth a read.
for the communicator? to the listener? Personal Prep-have something worth saying...immerse yourself in the bible, ready widely on the topic, let your message simmer in your mind all the time. Style-if something about your delivery is quirky and goofy, you have lots of uh's and um's or if you breathe heavily after each point-so much so that the microphone picks it up(making it unbearable to listen via podcast), what you have to say will get lost in the delivery. Transitions-It will be difficult for your listener's to stay with you if you're all over the place, watch to see if you've lost your audience, if you have, pull over to the side and let them catch up. Keeping it real-the best stories are ones from real people and real life. When I share from my own life, the good and the bad I connect with my audience. When we share a "real life" story from someone who attends our church the message is even more powerful-the audience identifies with them more than me...after all I'm paid to say what I'm saying. Supernatural Power-God will use our words when we become available to Him and dependent upon Him...the goal of our communication is God's glory not our own..when this happens He is pleased and lives are changed.
not a preacher, offers some great advice. Give me a reason to
listen and motivate me to (care, change, act, get on board etc). All of the
above is important to the communicator...I'm not discounting any of it, what matters for the listener is the impact on their life.
"Preaching for life change requires far less information and more application. Less explanation and more inspiration...if you decide to preach for life change you won't be satisfied until the behavior of your audience is transformed; and you will be willing to do just about anything to see that transpire." Communicating for a Change-Andy Stanley.