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 Ed Stezter. Ed is President of LifeWay Research and author of numerous books including, Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them. Ed is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, a visiting professor at two prominent seminaries, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. He and his family reside outside of Nashville, TN.
Here are some things that jumped out from his segment:
- You have to decide what you are communicating.
- Maximize your study by minimize your searching.
- The Bible is always relevant, we don’t need to make it relevant, but we do need to make it relevant to them.
- We must show our churches why something in the Bible matters.
- Pastors are prone to exaggeration because they want to motivate.
- Don’t use bad stats to motivate people.
- Finding your own voice is one of the most important things for a communicator to do. Don’t be someone else.
- Preach more Bible instead of simply good advice.