Thursday, May 18

Preaching Dialogue

I am currently taking my masters in leadership from IWU. The course I am taking right now is the "Leadership of Preaching". One of my assigments is to create a dialogue tool for the weekly sermon. My idea is to create a sermon blog where people can discuss past sermons, current series and upcoming topics. Since I am without a preaching post, pulpit, soapbox or even a music stand, I am going to ask some of the group who took my all-day "Teaching for Transformation" in Zephyr Hills, Florida to visit this blog and comment accordingly.

If you are preaching every week, have you considered administering some type of communication tool with your congregation to get feed back and discussion on the sermon?


From the Florida District "Teaching for Transformation" Event:
1. Did you find the event to be helpful? Why or why not?
2. Was the written outline helpful?
3. Was the power point helpful?
4. Did I seem prepared?
5. Was I clear and easy to follow?
6. Was there enough time for discussion and questions?
7. What would you change about the presentation?
8. Have you applied anything from the event yet? What were the results?
9. What would you like to see covered in future events?
10. Anything else?

Thanks for your time and help!

4 comments:

Pastor Patty said...

1. Did you find the event to be helpful? Why or why not?
Yes. Information was relevant and challenging, very adaptable to local church setting.
2. Was the written outline helpful?
Yes.
3. Was the power point helpful?
Print was too small on PowerPoint. And quite a few times you didn't read what was on the slide, so it was almost impossible to get the information. There's no need to have a huge amount of "white space" on a "slide." I generally use a 40 point type and never go below 32-36.
4. Did I seem prepared?
Very prepared.
5. Was I clear and easy to follow?
Yes. A real delight.
6. Was there enough time for discussion and questions?
Yes.
7. What would you change about the presentation?
Maybe include time for round-table discussions.
8. Have you applied anything from the event yet? What were the results?
I taught three of the Lectio Divina studies and had varying results. But, in general, people seemed to really enjoy the format.
9. What would you like to see covered in future events?
Unsure.
10. Anything else?
Thanks so much for coming all the way to Florida to share this information with us. We all felt very honored.

Howard said...

1.Yes the Seminar was helpful.
2. yes
3. yes
4. yes
5. yes
6. yes
7. nothing
8. No oportunity yet.
9. ?
10.no
Howard Dimmick, Zephyrhills

Anonymous said...

wish I could have been there Tim, I'd be glad to give you feedback. Wretch

bob said...

This is a tought area to survey but I wonder if this is actually too American for the typical American church to use effectively? We American are too keen on being assertive and letting our feelings be known that we do not listen well even to God. In any survey of ministry our "success" really needs the acid test of mended hearts, redeemed souls and changed lives. Sometimes God's voice gets in the way of our enjoyment of the morning sermon and when this happens there is more being communicated than words from the pulpit. I know courses on searches focus on skills and techniques that a preach can easily master but the effective delivery of the Word is very dependant on the relationships between the preacher, the fellowship and God. It is not about you or me but about God's spirit working within.

The best sermon I ever heard was delivered by a 80 yr old preacher that was fighting for every breath to share the truth that God had given him. He had everyone's attention and sitting on the edge of their seats to listen and absorb every word. There was not a dry eye in the church that morning. He died two days later making the message even more powerful.

But that sermon would not fair very well in your survey.