A principle is a principle, and God created all the principles.
The issue is: how do you engage the audience? And one of the things I talk to our communicators about is: The outline is great; the stories are great. But how do you engage them? How do you make it feel like we are on a journey, not you are just up there giving me information.
The church wasn’t an organization in the first century. They weren’t writing checks or buying property. The church has matured and developed over the years. But for some reason, the last thing to change is the structure of leadership.
Most of us wake up every day and make decision that will make us happy, and generally decisions that will make us happy right then in the moment or that day. We are not really on a truth quest.
Preachers prepare with this fear: ‘Am I going to be able to fill the time?’ The audience never worries about that.
Communicators need to figure out how well do they engage people, and they should not talk one word longer than people are engaged.
As a pastor, I’ve spent 30 years talking to people and heard every kind of story imaginable.
You cannot communicate complicated information to large groups of people. As you increase the number of people, you have to decrease the complexity of the information.
Preaching on Sunday mornings is such a simple thing, and by complicating it, I think we all do ourselves and the audience a disservice. It is very simple. Here is the model: Make people feel like they need an answer to a question.
If you’re a preacher’s kid, you see the church differently.
All Scripture is equally inspired, but not all Scripture is equally applicable or relevant to every stage of life.
Uncertainty is not an indication of poor leadership; it underscores the need for leadership.
Success means your options multiply. Size increases complexity, and complexity can confuse vision.
People are not on a truth quest; they are on a happiness quest. They will continue to attend your church – even if they don’t share your beliefs – as long as they find the content engaging and helpful.
God is a God of systems and predictability and order, and God honors planning.