Thank you so much for taking your time to participate in our survey “What would you tell Pastors and Teachers.” Your input will bless others, and help form the foundation of a seminar that I am completing. It will be available shortly, but I wanted to get back to you with some of the information that is pouring in.
Number of responses to date: 431
Responses from: Pastors, Teachers, Professors and ministry staff members from every denomination around the world.
Question #1 - How would you rate most pastors and teachers as speakers? 0 = boring, 50 = O.K., 100 = exciting. The average rating was 54 or O.K.
Question #2 - How could they improve their presentations? (multiple answers were allowed.)
61% - Make presentations practical
59% - Speak with more passion
58% - Tie points together so the audience isn’t lost
53% - Use more stories and illustrations
51% - Use more solid content
50% - Introductions that capture attention
47% - Clear action steps
31% - Vocal variety
19% - Move around more up front
Question #3 - What is the one thing that pastors/teachers must do to be exciting speakers?
This question was fill in. You can imagine the diversity of answers I received. I was able to group the answers under 9 headings. Here are the types of answers I placed under each heading:
1. Dependence = Dependence upon God, time spent in prayer, filled with the Holy Spirit, guided by the Holy Spirit, an intimate relationship with God.
2. Live it = Live what you preach, speak from the heart, speak from personal conviction and use personal experience in your messages.
3. Preach with passion = Preach passionately, inspire and challenge your audience
4. Master your content = Know Scripture intimately, keep learning and growing so that you feed people from the truth of God
5. Be relevant = Make your content relevant to where your people are, use real life applications
6. Connect with the audience = Connect with those to whom you preach, love them, be real and authentic
7. Teach the Bible = The Bible must be the central message, teach it and it alone
8. Be clear = Make your message easily accessible to your audience
9. It is not about excitement = Our job is not to excite, it is to teach the truth of God
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