How do you feel about the current state of preaching? Does Sunday morning preaching still meet needs? Does this old practice need a fresh overhaul?
This is one item Len Wilson and Jason Moore in their book- The Wired Church 2.0– address. While still acknowledging the divine place and mandate for preaching (Romans 10:14-15) they offer suggestions on how to keep preaching contemporary. Here are some of their ideas:
- Use media of all kinds- not just PowerPoint, but video clips, audio clips, etc. Use it but don’t overuse it. Use it when it fits into the message, but don’t force it. Keep it simple but powerful. This is nothing new of course, but so important to presenting the message in our visual age.
- Go interactive- with personal testimonies and/or stories (which could be in the form of pre-recorded video or live interviews). Make the sermon less a passive activity and more an involving one.
- Create a sermon participation team. Gather some creative people and ask them to assist in sermon building. Provide them the topic, text and points and allow them to provide illustrative ideas, media suggestions and even contribute ideas to shape the sermon direction. I recently have done this and so far have been blown away by the response and contributions. It has given my preaching a new energy and I believe a closer connectivity to the body.
Preaching will always be around. It is God ordained and it will survive, but as culture around us changes how they come to process information those of us who preach these sermons must adapt the message and take advantage of technology to proclaim it.
A poem, prayer, and three points- just doesn’t connect much anymore.