by Dr. Ray Self
Effective Communication in Ministry
Communication in ministry involves teaching, preaching, counseling, spiritual gifts, and exhortation.
Each area of ministry requires a different form of communication.
Teaching and Preaching
A teacher will explain the word of God.
A preacher will proclaim the word of God.
Effective teaching is much more than relaying information.
Effective teachers will impart information to their students. A good teacher will reach the heart, not just the mind.
An effective teacher observes their audience to determine if they are engaged and understand the message.
The teacher should use stories, examples, comparisons, and other creative ways, including humor, to make their point.
An effective teacher understands that time is critical. Too much information spoken too long will lose the audience every time.
A teacher should understand that people learn in different ways.
Auditory learner – the student does best when hearing the information. Probably will not take many notes.
Visual learner – responds well to graphs, arrows, charts, diagrams, or meaningful symbols.
Reading/Writing learners – do best with hand-outs, PowerPoint slides, written assignments, or reading material.
Kinesthetic learners – do best with hands-on. They will thrive in a lab setting. They like to utilize touch. However, they can struggle in conventional classrooms.
A good preacher is prepared but allows room for the Holy Spirit to speak.
A good preacher focuses on a central message he wants to impart.
An influential preacher seeks the Lord to determine what message the Lord wants for this particular audience.
Topical – preaches a topic such as forgiveness and uses scripture from various books of the Bible to support his claim.
Expository – the preacher chooses a passage and preaches it verse by verse.
Types and Shadows - the preacher uses a Bible story to symbolize the person or message he wants to present.
Textual - the preacher reads a text and pulls a single message from the text.
Romans 10:14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?