All of this is assuming that prayer, dependence upon God, and integrity are already in place. Remember, sound is directional, so the best place for your speakers is in the same sight-line the speaker.
Many of these preparations and considerations are great for singers and musicians who want to communicate well too.
We can call it “communicating with God”, but historically, it has been called prayer.  So why change the words?  Because unfortunately, prayer has become something other than communicating with God.
When we think of prayer, many things might come to mind – and most of them are negative.  Probably the greatest issue that exists in the prayer life of Christians is the reality that prayer has become more of a burden than a meeting with someone we love. Why is that?  Why will we move mountains to be with the ones we love, to spend time with them whether in person or apart from them but when it comes to the One we are supposed to love above all others, we do the exact opposite?  I think a main, and very real, reason is this:  the way we relate with God has changed over the years from communication and spending time with God to ritual. Prayer has become rote – repeating the same thing over and over again:  The Lord’s Prayer (Our Father), the Hail Mary, the blessing for the meal or before we sleep.  Can we imagine what we might think if someone we knew constantly spoke the exact same words to us every time we had a conversation?
This entry was posted in Prayer and tagged communication, Prayer on April 17, 2013 by David Tue.
The world around you improves each time you ask yourself and others how to improve your communication abilities.
If you’re anything like me, you want to put and keep yourself in the group of people who do communicate better than the average person. You might do the assessment by breaking out the four major elements of any successful communication and figuring out what you are best at, OK at, and not so best at. The four elements of the generally accepted model of effective communication are the Sender, Message, Receiver and Feedback. You know yourself better than anyone, so start with the areas listed above, and ask yourself fourteen more questions about how well you communicate. Every part of the communication process is critical to actively improving your communication skills.
I have a very long way to go, but here are the things I see effective communicators do to strengthen the impact of Bible preaching or teaching. Study great communicators—Effective teachers or preachers study others—not to duplicate or parrot someone else’s style, but to grow in ability.
Illustrate personally—I appreciate a teacher or pastor that has obviously, personally experienced the truth they are teaching. Expand your vocabulary—Listening to others, reading, and intentionally using a thesaurus will do this.
Use visuals—Get your main points onto a screen, use photos to back up your illustrations, use objects on stage to support your series theme. Use a hand-out—Put your outline in print, lay it out nicely, add additional scriptures and lines for notes, include key quotes or thoughts. Use audience participation—One reason to get the congregation to sing, shake hands, worship together is to encourage engagement and participation. Expect, prepare for guests—From the parking lot to your preparation to the greeters to the bulletin to the closing prayer—think of first time guests and help them feel welcomed and loved. Presume biblical illiteracy—I minister in the 5th most biblically illiterate city in America.

Call for genuine worship—I’m not talking about singing three songs on “auto-pilot.” Plan worship that requires people to think, to participate, to engage. Make eye contact—Have you ever had to listen to someone teach or preach while they looked at the back wall the whole time? Appropriately use humor—It can be done too much, it can be too contrived, it can be forced. Deliver one big thought—If you were given a pen and a notecard and asked to write the ONE key thought of your message, could you? Identify as a struggler—As a listener, I connect and resonate with a person who isn’t “above me.” When a regular guy takes a massive Bible truth, expresses how he has wrestled with it and applied it—and then applies it to my struggle and my life—that is LIFE CHANGING to me! Be sure to include questions about how you encode, decode, associate meaning, and what channels you use (and why).
If I see a fire in the kitchen, I first decide who needs to know (receiver) then I formulate and "encode" the message based on your needs and the communication channel. Then set the EQ (tone) properly so your voice sounds as natural as possible in the environment. Enlist singers to help fill the room with sound so people feel more comfortable singing out. Steady screaming or yelling is just a migraine headache in the making—like getting hammered over the head for forty minutes.
But a little laughter can also break some ice, soften a blow, or engage a group of listeners. The people you most like to hear preach or teach are probably those who have accepted their own limitations, dealt with their insecurities, and stopped trying to “be like someone else.” Accept your God-given personality and just keeping taking people to the foot of the cross. Our hearts desire is to know the Lord and we aim to attain that knowledge through Spirit-led prayer and in-depth Bible study. Keep in mind that as the message moves through the communication process, the participants package, decode, and repackaged the content based on the needs of the sender, receiver, and communication channels.
If you are asleep, I will include contact in the message as I shake and scream at you to get out of the house. I love to listen to a speaker that has obviously been growing, reading, studying, and came to the pulpit well-prepared and full!
I’ve heard good communicators who simply leave out scripture, and I always come away wishing they had used more.
It could be a power-point clicker, a dry erase marker, a pen, glasses, or even some pointless object like a rock or pen knife.
Is your EQ (tone) properly set for your room so that the sound is natural and not to muffled or piercing tonally. Use songs and arrangements that require people to learn, to think, and to appreciate Jesus and the solid truths of His Word. After all the study, preparation, outlining, etc.—you should distill it all into one big take-away, and drive that take-away home at the beginning, middle, and end of your message.
The density of a room (how close people are to each other physically) impacts the whole environment and attitude. We believe that Jesus Christ is the One True Son of God and we want to share the joy that only He can bring!

It takes guts, but the payoff is sweet.“All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. After delivering the message, I'll do a quick check to make sure you understood it the way I intended it. I’m not talking about using “big words” so much as “different words.” Vocabulary broadens context. When you speak, you use the ear gate, when you use visuals, you double the impact by adding the eye gate! Second, make sure it’s the angle is right—it needs to be more in front of you than straight up over head. Bad EQ can make painful frequencies more present—think of the experience of hearing a baby scream—it’s all about painful frequencies. When I presume biblical illiteracy, it helps me do two things—first, unbelievers or new Christians are engaged with God’s Word in a way they never have been.
Too cold, and everybody will be shivering and waiting for the moment they can escape to warmth. Hopefully, you'll give me some feedback (confirmation message) to let me know you understand I am not kidding around. A wider range vocabulary extends your ability to get a point across to wider context of people.
Second, mature believers fall in love all over again with the gospel and the central truths of God’s Word which they lost touch with over time. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partners,” said Ann Landers. You must have reasonable density in a room for people to engage with each other and with the preacher or teacher. Angle the lights in front to light your face, but high enough that the shadows are on the floor, out of sight. Almost subconsciously, the object in your hands will help your listeners dial in to your message with better attention.
Lastly, be sure that a screen or light behind you is not brighter than your stage-light—that makes you a silhouette—which means you might as well teach from a closet. If they hear it, see it, write it, read it, keep it—you’ve quadrupled the impact and memorability of what you taught! Or use lighting if possible—dim the back ground so the preaching space becomes the focal point. Thank you for being here Laurie and sharing how to say sorry to someone you love.ReplyLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Jackson and Me My dawgs, Tiffy and Georgie My Duck (a painting by moi!) My Rooster (another painting by moi)Recent PostsPopular Posts How to Stop Going Back and Forth in Your Relationship 8 Signs of the Perfect Boyfriend for You How to Recover After Losing Yourself in a Relationship 4 Ways to Create Love and Peace in an Unhappy Marriage How to Forgive and Recover From Your Spouse’s Infidelity How to Tell if Your Boyfriend Has Commitment Issues Lost That Loving Feeling?

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