Last night I did a lil’ bit o exegesis at our college and careers night. At least, I tried to.
I didn’t BOMB, per se, but I don’t feel soaring-over-moon happy about it.
But I am excited that I felt like I learned a lot that I wouldn’t have known if it had gone tremendously well.
Here are some notes to myself:
- take more time to prepare. Andy Stanley has his sermons ready three weeks before he preaches them.
- practice more, hone in on exactly what you want to say
- you can’t think on your feet as well when you’re presenting because you’re nervous.
- if you want to say something, you have to write it down
- point form notes don’t always trigger the memory. Write it all out.
- watch sermons by pastors you admire and respect – not lectures – before you present, or else you’ll sound like you’re lecturing, not preaching. (I watched TedTalks…and was probably influenced by them because I came across a little professor-ish. Monotone. Ack. That was the nerves, too.)
- be more comfortable (PRACTICE)
- speak to your audience…you wrote this with them in mind…look at them. talk to them, not at them.
- use anecdotes, make it interesting. vary your voice and tone and get people engaged.
- You procrastinated and wrote essays in a couple days for university. Your average was in the seventies. If I were to have graded that, I would’ve given it a 67 or a 76. God – and those you love and want to serve through your teaching – deserve better than that. Step up your game. Take this seriously. Unlike the essays you wrote on Shakespearean prose, this actually has eternal significance.
- Work on your conclusion. REALLY REALLY work on your conclusion.
Problems I can identify in preparation:
Starting on Friday. Spending probably 5 hours total on it (it was 15 minutes long in practice, and 10 minutes long when I did it at the front of the church). Practicing it out loud once with one other person. My notes in three different places because I didn’t have a pad of paper to write on. Being distracted by Facebook while I tried to write. Not having a good conclusion.
On the bright side, I learned a lot personally from the study. I made Steve Mah laugh at one point by suggesting we were in Africa (that was a really good point, and one of my major points, and I had a funny & memorable way of explaining it – I should’ve done more with that).
Bah, well anyway. First sermon. Sort of. I’m glad it kinda sucked. I feel like it’s a challenge to do better next time.