Mark Clark and Carey talk about their different approaches to preaching, how to reach unchurched people and how to preach to churched and unchurched people with Biblical integrity.
Plus, Carey and Mark share some of their favourite insights from their brand new course, The Art of Better Preaching.
Welcome to Episode 197 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.
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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
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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.
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3 Insights from This Episode
1. There is a difference between learning from great speakers and mimicking them
Influence from speakers and mentors is absolutely necessary to learn and grow, but you have to find your own voice. You can’t simply speak like the leaders you look up to and use their content. There’s a need for development and education, but once you find your own voice, make sure you aren’t depending on the gifts and talents of others to do your work.
Find ways to force yourself to get better by weaning off of your dependency of others. Imitation kills innovation and trying to be someone else does a disservice to who God called you to be.
2. Equipping the church for discipleship and speaking to the unchurched are equal priorities in sermon prep
Great speakers are totally a gift to the church, but people shouldn’t be bringing guests to church to hear from the PASTOR, they should be bringing them to share the message of the gospel with those who need to hear it. The goal is to equip believers for an evangelistic movement that will reach people outside the walls of a building, which is why you need discipleship and theological development in your preaching.
At the same time, preaching to the unchurched has to remain a top priority during sermon prep. To get inside the mind of the unchurched, simply get inside your own head. There are no churched and unchurched issues. Only people issues. We all struggle. None of us have it all together.
Speak to all people when offering the gospel of Christ. Keep going after who’s not there while filling believers with Biblical truths that grow their faith and drive to share the message of Christ.
3. Preaching without notes frees you to be more connected with your audience
Carey and Mark are in full agreement that speaking without notes is a must and they offer great advice on how to do it in their new course The Art of Better Preaching . Here are Carey’s top 4 reasons to leave the notes on your desk.
- Authenticity – There’s already a built-in institutional bias for many people listening to your message and reading from notes doesn’t make you more believable in their eyes.
- Eye Contact – Eye contact is relational and gives you a way to receive feedback from the audience.
- Natural Posture – Being unscripted gives you more freedom to move on stage and connect.
- No barriers – There are no barriers between you and the audience, because you aren’t bound to looking down at your notes.
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