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Recently, I interviewed Jack Graham for the 100th episode of my podcast. It will release on October 2nd, 2017. In the interview, he stated that many church leaders are discussing sermon preparation, but few are highlighting the actual delivery of sermons. He made a great point.
This made me thoroughly think through how I can improve my delivery. Don’t you want to be more crisp in your sermon delivery? Here are five tips to make it happen:
1. Watch yourself on video.
It is painful to critique myself, but I feel I have to do it. Just as a football coach leads his team to watch film to see where they did well and where they did poorly, so should a preacher.
As you do your film study, pay close attention to how the message flows from introduction, to the body, to the conclusion. Note how your transitions flow. Reassess how your illustrations and application points tie back into the text.
What are you doing with your hands, voice inflection, etc.?
2. Cut out the verbal fillers.
Uh. Um. Er. Cut them out! Do whatever you can to smoothly speak without the fillers that clutter up your delivery.
3. Maintain eye contact.
Staring at your notes can kill your delivery. Excellent eye contact depends heavily on preparedness before delivery. When reading from the Scriptures, make sure to consistently look up and across the congregation to maintain eye contact, even when reading a long passage.
4. Be careful to not favor your dominant side.
I’m left-handed and recently noticed that I favor moving to my left when I preach. I was recently talking to a friend of mine, who is a Ph.D. in preaching, and he said this is a common mistake of preachers.
When you study yourself on video, take note as to if you favor talking to one side of the congregation over the other.
5. Precisely leverage your vocabulary and grammar.
Anyone who knows me is aware that I have a proclivity to use unique words. I love words. I recently wrote an article about expanding your vocabulary.
Using big words for the sake of big words can come across as prideful. Leverage your vocabulary in such a way that it more beautifully clarifies the text.
Think about your grammar as you preach. Don’t end sentences with prepositions like, “God loves you where you’re at.” It makes me cringe to hear such a beautiful truth worded so sloppily.
I hope these tips help you move to another level in your sermon delivery. Do you have any additional ideas you would add? Let me know in the comment section below.