For many pastors, preaching is a passion. The discipleship provided from the pulpit on Sunday mornings is the most visible aspect of the church’s ministry. It would make sense that the preaching offered in our churches should always be improving and getting better.
It begins with the basics. NBA MVP Steph Curry has a 20 minute routine that he performs before each game. It focuses on dribbling and shooting. Many of the drills he does are drill taught to children who are just learning how to play (see it here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mQGA1_7yTk). Mike Trout, generally regarded as the the best player in baseball for the last 5 years, hasn’t been taking pre-game batting practice on the field at all this year, opting instead for hitting balls off a tee and soft toss in the underground batting cages (https://youtu.be/mGqsNkq_fpE?t=5m1s). Both of their routines focus on bringing things back to the basics, keeping things simple, and a belief that repetition creates success.
What are the basics for preaching? It begins with prayer, our daily meeting with Jesus. It’s also being in the Word, so that we can receive a word to encourage and equip the people of God. Yet, beyond that daily spiritual work, what the basics of being a good communicator? These resources may help you improve your skill to an MVP (most valuable preacher) level.
Book: Communicating For a Change by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones
In Communicating for a Change, Andy Stanley and Lane Jones offer a unique strategy for communicators seeking to deliver captivating and practical messages. In this highly creative presentation, the authors unpack seven concepts that will empower you to engage and impact your audiences in a way that leaves them wanting more.
Book: The Big Idea: Focus the Message, Multiply the Impact by Dave Ferguson
Leaders don’t often see the concepts from Sunday’s message applied in people’s lives to help the accomplish Jesus’ mission. Why? Because people’s heads are swimming with too many little ideas, far more than they can ever apply.The Big Idea can help you creatively present one laser-focused theme each week to be discussed in families and small groups.
Video: "TED's secret to great public speaking" by Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson is the Curator of TED, a nonprofit devoted to sharing valuable ideas, primarily through the medium of 'TED Talks' -- short talks that are offered free online to a global audience. In this video, Chris shares the four most important key to making a presentation that is not only memorable, but actionable.
Video: “How to create an awesome slide presentation” by Pat Flynn
Creating great slides doesn't have to be difficult, and with a few simple rules and some guidelines to follow, the impact of your message will be multiplied and more memorable.