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CNLP Bonus 020: Danielle Strickland on Becoming a Great Communicator, Knowing When It’s Time to Move On and Being a Rebel At Heart

So, we’re back with another bonus episode to help you lead like never before AND celebrate the launch of my latest course, The Art of Better Preaching.

In many eyes (including mine), Danielle Strickland is one of the best communicators of our generation, and she’s Canadian.

Danielle talks about how she discovered she was a communicator, walks us through her preparation process for speaking and preaching, and talks about how being a teenage rebel prepared her to serve in an established church structure.

Welcome to Bonus Episode 020 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

A New Resource for Preachers

art of better preaching

Ready to start preaching better sermons and reach the unchurched without selling out? Then it’s time to start using the right tips, lessons, and strategies to communicating better.

The Art of Better Preaching Course is a 12 session video training with a comprehensive, interactive workbook that will help you create, write, and deliver better sermons. The course contains the lessons Mark Clark (lead pastor of  Village Church, a growing mega-church in post-Christian Vancouver) and I have learned, taught, and used over decades of being professional communicators.

This is the complete course you need to start preaching better sermons, including:

  • 7 preaching myths it’s time to bust forever
  • The 5 keys to preaching sermons to unchurched people (that will keep them coming back)
  • How to discover the power in the text (and use it to drive your sermon)
  • The specific characteristics of sermons that reach people in today’s world
  • Why you need to ditch your sermon notes (and how to do it far more easily than you think.)
  • How to keep your heart and mind fresh over the long run

And far more! Plus you get an interactive workbook and some bonus resources that will help you write amazing messages week after week.

In the Art of Better Preaching, Mark and I share everything we’ve learned about communicating in a way that will help your church grow without compromising biblical integrity. We cover detailed training on everything from interacting with the biblical text to delivering a talk without using notes, to writing killer bottom lines that people will remember for years.

Don’t miss out! Check it out today and gain instant access.

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Enroll in The Art of Better Preaching  today! Take advantage of the special pricing in effect for just a few days!

CNLP 197: Mark Clark and Carey Nieuwhof on How to Preach in a Way that Reaches Unchurched People and Maintains Biblical Integrity

3 Insights from This Episode

1. It’s not disloyal to leave when God calls you somewhere new

Knowing if the time has come to transition to something new can be difficult. If you’ve been rooted somewhere for a long time, not only are you leaving a place of comfort, there’s a sense of loyalty that comes with the cause you’ve been committed to for years.

It’s not disloyal to leave when God is calling you somewhere new. God doesn’t box people in. Consider where you’ve been as the place He intended you to grow and prepare for wherever He’s leading you next.

2. Take time to think through your messages so they connect with the listeners

Message prep and delivery go hand-in-hand and Danielle is a pro at both. She speaks with a goal of fully connecting her audience to the story in a way that’s colorful and relatable. Here’s how she breaks it down.

Part 1: The Marinade – Find a good talk and marinade in it for a while until you know where you want to go with it.

Part 2: The Prep – Prepare and research so that you can fully back up the point you want to make.

Part 3: The Delivery – Connect parts 1 & 2 so that the people hearing the message go on a journey with you.

Find out more on Danielle’s podcast episodes: Cooking Up a Good Talk: Parts 1, 2 & 3.

3. Don’t become paralyzed by the big picture

Danielle’s best advice to leaders is to do what’s right in front of you.

The call you feel inside doesn’t necessarily have to take you miles away to answer it. Most likely, there’s something on a local level close by where you can invest your time and gifts immediately.

If there’s something you want to be, act on it and live it out, because stories come from experiences. Don’t be paralyzed by the big picture.

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Next Episode: Kristen Ivy    

Kristen Ivy is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange, one of the largest next-gen ministry organizations in the world. In a candid and personal conversation, Kristen talks about the impact that her parents divorce had on her, how effective churches connect with parents and kids, and how to better connect with your kids when you have a crazy, busy schedule.

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  1. Frank Wang on June 28, 2018 at 11:17 am

    I particularly haven’t found a church that attracts me to it.

  2. RANDY HOUSE on June 21, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Hi Carey
    This is Randy listening and reading fromToronto.
    Love what your doing..
    Listening to your podcast has opened up a new world of church to me.
    I had no idea that the church was moving in such a shift.
    All this was happening all around me and I have no
    I feel so sheltered..
    PS thanks Carey keep up the good work..

  3. RANDY HOUSE on June 21, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Hi Carey
    This is Randy listening and reading of Toronto.
    Love what your doing..
    Listening to your podcast has opened up a new world of church to me.
    I had no idea that the church was moving in such a shift.
    All this was happening all around me and I have no
    I feel so sheltered..
    PS thanks Carey keep up the good work..

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