I’m watching the online conference Preach Better Sermons today and wanted to share some of the learnings I picked up. One of the speakers is Donald Miller. Donald is the founder of Storyline, an organization that helps people plan their lives using the elements of story. He is the author of multiple New York Times Bestsellers including Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He is also the founder of The Mentoring Project, a non-profit helping to provide mentors for fatherless children. Don currently lives and works in Washington, DC.
Here are some things that jumped out from his segment:
- To be a good writer, you must write daily.
- When you force creativity or writing, it isn’t as great.
- You need to show up everyday because you don’t know when creativity will strike or when something will hit.
- In sermons, you must create tension to engage people.
- We explain our beliefs based on science or scripture and give 3 reasons for others to believe what we believe.
- Instead, we need to share the experiences that led to our beliefs. Experiences teach us, not reasons. Don’t teach reasons, walk people through experiences.