Before you speak, there are three things in your life that tell people whether they should listen to what you have to say or disregard you entirely:
Your walk with God;
If your walk with God is a struggle, or you are in rebellion...
If your marriage is poor and you and your spouse do not get along...
If your children have rebelled against your teachings and do not follow the Lord...
Then people will sense the disconnect between what you are saying with your mouth and what your life is saying, and not pay attention.
Leaders will argue that their walk with God, their marriage and their children are all in their private life and are not anybody's business. But that is never true. People know what is happening in those three areas by watching you, your reactions, your body language, your spouse and his/her reactions to you, your children's lives and your children's reactions to you. By looking at those things, they already know...
5 seminars, each two days in length. Approximately 100 pastors are expected, along with their spouses and elders. Day 1 covers "Godly Marriage". Day 2 is about "Raising Godly Children". Our goal is to give pastors what they need, in order to be effective in the ministry. A close walk with God, a good marriage and children following the Lord are essential.
Those 500 pastors will then teach 50,000 people in their churches. Talk about a great EROI - Eternal Return On Investment!
A few days ago, we delivered our first seminar and the response was overwhelmingly positive! My translator, who is also a pastor, called the senior pastor for our next seminar and told him that he must personally contact each pastor who was planning to attend and insist that they bring their spouses and elders, because this seminar was so important.
Each time I have spoken I have taught practical ways...
We want people to change.
We hope that people change.
We teach them the truth.
We pray for them.
And sometimes people change.
But there is an easier and more direct way of doing things.
This is it.
If you really want to impact the people to whom you speak, then you will want to watch this video.
I thought I'd do something special for you. This is a training video that will teach you just exactly how to capture your audience's attention, so much so that they talk about what you taught them after you are done, remember the message and want it to change their lives.
Isn't that why we do what we do? Ultimately, it is so that people's lives are changed. But that can't happen unless they remember what we say, and that won't happen unless we present it in such a way that God can use it. (Yes, God can use anyone and anything for His glory, but most of the time he counts on us to do the best with what He has given us!)
So, please accept this video as my gift to you!
What does it take to teach so that your audience is impacted?
1. You must know why you are teaching. No, not the general why. Not because it is your job. You need to know why... why these people, why this day, why this subject, why this passage. These are questions that you should process over and over as you prepare.
2. You must know your audience. Don't write off this point if you have the same audience each week. On a regular basis, you should ask yourself if you really know where your people are, with what are they struggling, what are the real questions, what do they face in the real world? If your teaching does not directly address the people who are listening and where they are living, you are wasting your time.
3. Nail the application. So many teachers and preachers figure that the people will just figure this one out, or that God will graciously reveal it to them. That may be true for a small...
This IS your job and your calling! It is not just to impact the people who are present in your audience, it is about all the people that THEY know and will impact for generations.
So, you MUST operate in excellence. Prepare in excellence, work in excellence, perfect the message that God has given, pray diligently, because the message that you are delivering is for 10, 20 and 100 years from now.
Don't you dare settle!
The lives of the people to whom you speak will change, they will change the people around them, they will change their children, who will change their children. And one day, God will introduce you to all the people your message impacted because YOU were diligent and faithful to the calling God has on your life.
There are three powerful lessons in the snow about effective preaching/teaching. And because of these lessons, you must spend the time! Do the work! IT'S WORTH IT.
Please watch the video to see what the snow teaches us about giving our very best every time we present God's truths. If we are not careful, when we prepare to speak or preach, we can focus on the hard work. And it IS hard work. Anything good takes time and effort. But, if you focus on that, you will never adequately prepare.
Instead focus on the impact:
First there is the impact in the lives of those who hear, and change, and if you do your job as God has called you to, that impact will last for a long time.
Second, those who change will be a witness to all those who surround them and that witness will change more lives.
Third, there will be those who want to follow in your footsteps, delivering truth from God's Word in such a way that it impact lives. As you prepare, remember you are paving the way for other world...
Originality. A MUST for influence and impact! If you don't have it, you are in danger of simply repeating what everyone else says and doing what everyone else does. Through the simple process of challenging yourself to see things with a different lens, you can grip people with original thought.
HOWEVER originality also gets a lot of push back from your people if not done right. They don't want to think differently, they don't want to have their assumptions challenged. But challenge them is part of your job description. It is what Christ did.
Here are 3 things you must know and how to overcome people's push back for maximum impact.
Dr. Vance Hardisty
We've read it.
We've taught it.
But do we actually realize the power of humility. Demonstrated humility. Humility in action.
I was in Punjab, working with about 150 pastors and what the Lord led me to do changed everything.
Dr. Vance Hardisty