Category Archive: Preaching

Communication – Number One

Hey Friends,

I have been consuming books on communication lately. Next year, I am going to teach a class for our staff on communication. Something Frank Luntz said has stuck with me: “People will forget what you say, but they will remember how you made them feel.” Most of us reading this blog handle the Word of God. We were taught that we hold the Truth, and that is so true. Most of our preparation and education focused just on teaching the Truth.

Connecting with the congregation or audience was not part of the process. We were to focus on the message and let God take care of the rest. He said, “My Word will not return void.” It is easy to “over spiritualize” or even become lazy in communicating Christ’s Truth. We can easily neglect trying to get better or closer to those we are speaking to. We, as Christian communicators, put all the responsibility on the hearer, not on the speaker. Bad move!

When we prepare sermons, lessons, or Bible studies do we ever consider how the message will be received or make people feel? If we want to continue to get to communicate to people, it is critical that we consider how we will make them feel. I am not talking about compromising the Gospel or the Word! Just considering how you say something. The Word says, “Speak the truth in love.”

As you teach, preach, and communicate, I want to challenge you to do the best you can.

  • Do you think you can get better?
  • What would it take for you to improve?
  • What would your first step look like in a plan and path of steady improvement?

If it is for Jesus, should it not be our best?

Just a thought,

Pastor Chris

 

How Can You Tell You’re Connecting?

Hey Friends,

Yesterday I recorded a video blog on connecting as the number one issue with communication. I gave a few signs that you are connecting. Let me list some more marks of connecting. This list can be found in John Maxwell’s book, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect. I just started the book but this list is helpful in communication:

1. Extra Effort – People become willing  to go the extra mile.

2. Unsolicited Appreciation – They say positive things.

3. Unguarded Openness – They demonstrate trust.

4. Increased Communication – They express themselves more readily.

5. Enjoyable Experiences – They feel good about what they’re doing.

6. Emotional Bondedness – They display a connection on an emotional level.

7. Positive Energy – Their emotional “batteries” are charged by being together.

8. Growing Synergy – Their effectiveness is greater than the sum of the contributions.

9. Unconditional Love – They are accepting without reservation.

It doesn’t matter whether you are communicating to a small group or a mega-church, connection is critical if you want the content to change lives! Sadly, I have watched so many try to communicate who gave no concern about connection with their hearers. Far too many just worry about the content and forget connection. I have seen this happen with so many preachers.

Many work diligently in the preparation of the message and never work on connection. This is the reason I removed a large pulpit from the stage. A huge, heavy, wooden pulpit stands between the preacher and the people. We are called to give the message of life, therefore we need to remove any man-made barriers to accomplishing what the Lord wants for us to do.

Are you connecting? Do you prepare to connect? When you are speaking do you attempt to connect? Please do not miss this vital part of communicating.

Just a thought.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris