Craig Groeschel best-selling author and pastor of Lifechurch.tv had some profound for pastors and preachers on his blog recently.
In a post entitled, ‘Authentic And Transparent Communication’ Groeschel implored speakers to make themselves more transparent and vulnerable in their messages and sermons.
“Most of the communicators I see struggle to bringall of themselves to a message,” Groeschel lamented.
It was really interesting reading this because I just thought about this last week. In fact this is the one thing I think that sets Francis Chan apart as a speaker from everyone else. He is transparent and authentic to a fault. So in my mind Groeschel’s words were very wise.
“Bring You” Groeschel pleads with leaders.
Here’s More From The Post:
When you preach or teach, you must bring you. Without you in, around, and through the message, you will not impact today’s listener.
The younger audience today has a built in authenticity-meter. You can preach with passion, humor, clever points, or heart-wrenching stories. But if the scriptures haven’t touched your life, the listener will know it—and ignore your well-crafted message.
People want to know:
- How has the text affected you?
- How have you failed in the area the Scripture addresses?
- What about the text makes you uncomfortable?
- What do you feel about what Scripture is saying? (I know our feelings don’t trump scriptural truth, but talking about how we feel about the text can help engage others at a deeper level.)
- How are you becoming different because of your study in God’s word?
Which preachers do you listen to that do a good job of brining themselves into the message? How are you learning to “bring you” as a communicator?
Do you think Groeschel’s right or wrong? Would love to hear your thoughts