The Sunday Project: Try a different microphone

The Sunday Project is a series of tasks that are designed to improve your preaching skills by focusing on just one particular idea of preaching.

This project will target: RELEVANCY

Several weeks ago, I wrote an article on the different types of microphones available. For this week’s project, purposely make use of a microphone that you’re not comfortable with. If you’re used to a lapel microphone, go ahead and experiment with a hand-held one. If you’ve been behind a pulpit with a lectern mic for most of your preaching career, try your hand at a wireless variety—a lapel or a headset microphone. If you’ve never tried preaching from behind a pulpit, now is a good time to experiment with a lectern microphone.

Remember, the choice of what microphone to use is not always within your grasp. It largely depends on what a church has available. Therefore, familiarizing yourself with every type of microphone will benefit you in the long run especially when guest preaching at other churches.

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The Sunday Project: Refer back to the passage

The Sunday Project is a series of tasks that are designed to improve your preaching skills by focusing on just one particular idea of preaching.

This project will target: CLARITY

As I’ve mentioned several times in this blog, the main task of the preacher is to declare to people what God has already revealed to us in His Word.

The best way to show that what you’re saying comes from the Bible is by referring back to the passage—literally re-reading portions of the assigned text. I’m constantly astounded by how many preachers stop short at reviewing verses believing that reading the entire passage at the beginning of the sermon is enough. As a preacher, you want to explicitly show your congregation that your points are coming from the Word of God. There’s no better way to do that than by constantly referring back to your passage.

I use a simple formula to convey to people that what I’m saying comes from the Bible:

(1) I begin by stating a key point.

(2) I read the Biblical verses that are related to the key point.

(3) I explain how I arrived at the key point from those verses.

(4) I state the key point once again.

I use this method for every key point that I deliver in a sermon. With this formula, I am able to clearly show to people that what I’m saying comes from the Word of God and not from me. Now you give it a try this week.

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The Sunday Project: Show the audience your outline

The Sunday Project is a series of tasks that are designed to improve your preaching skills by focusing on just one particular idea of preaching.

This project will target: CLARITY

Two weeks ago, we concluded a series on outlining called Skeleton. The project for this coming week is to show your homiletical outline to your congregation. Have it printed in the bulletin or on a separate piece of paper. You may opt to blank out important terms in the outline for the audience to fill in. Also, as an additional task, regularly refer to the outline to show the audience where you are.

An outline in their hands will help your congregation gain added clarity about your sermon. It might also encourage them to start taking down notes which is a practice that I highly recommend. This will hopefully aid them in their learning process. Showing the outline is also beneficial for you, the preacher. This will force you to ensure that your homiletical outline is well-constructed, logical, and coherent since it will be available to the public.

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The Sunday Project: Welcome to the Project

Starting next weekend, we’ll begin a new segment called The Sunday Project. Every Sunday, we’ll pose a project that is designed to refine your preaching skills by focusing on just ONE particular nuance of preaching. These tasks hope to help you experiment with various ideas and move you towards gradual improvement. We’ll post these projects every Sunday night for you to work on in the coming week.

Each project will target one of the three aspects of good preaching—clarity, relevancy, or memorability. By this time next year, we hope you’ll be delivering sermons that are much clearer, more relevant, and more memorable.

Also, when you attempt a project, tell us how it went in the comments section.

Welcome to the project!

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