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Staying awake in church June 30, 2005

Posted by mjtilley in Uncategorized.

I ran across a posting on another blog that points out 10 things that a church speaker can do to keep the audience awake.

  1. Be real. Let people see the actual human inside you. Most times that will occur through your personal stories.
  2. Talk like normal people talk. I didn’t grow up in the church, so I don’t understand when you talk with a Christian accent.
  3. Use humor. If you don’t make me laugh, I’m probably going to tune you out. By the way, the best humor is revealed through your everyday life.
  4. Don’t tell me what to think. Lead me on the journey toward truth, but let me reach my own conclusions. In other words, don’t try to sell it.
  5. Be honest. If I think you’re credible, there’s a better chance I’ll think your message is credible.
  6. Avoid being too polished. In fact, I love it when you leave your prepared statements and share anything off the cuff.
  7. Reveal your weaknesses. As silly as it may seem, it makes me smile when I hear about
  8. Be brief. Shorter is better. I’m probably only going to remember one or, at the most, two things that you say.
  9. Make me smart. I don’t care how smart you are, but I like it when you make me feel smart. That’s easier when you use small words and make it easy for me to apply what you’re teaching.
  10. Tell me why I should care. Help me understand why I should listen. If you don’t help me understand why it’s relevant to my life, I’ll to be thinking about my next blog post or my next tee time or my favorite 80s slow dance songs.

Reading this made me wonder: What do you want, or need, in order to get the most out of Sunday School lessons? Does this list pretty much sum it up or are there other things? Or, as I imagine in my fantasy world, do you have the best Sunday School teachers ever? Seriously, what’s standing in the way of making real, practical use of the lessons in the Bible?

Note: you can comment anonymously (just click the “comments” link below and leave your thoughts), so don’t be shy. I want to hear what you think and others will find it interesting too . . . even if you don’t want to tell us who you are.



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