You step on stage. The lights come up. Everyone is looking at you.
Adrenaline starts pumping as your fight or flight response kicks in. You are nervous. You are about to preach a sermon.
The problem: the nerves and adrenaline that are common in public speaking naturally cause pastors to preach too fast.
You are either too excited or so nervous you rush to get it over with.
When was the last time you evaluated the pace of your preaching? How would you grade yourself?
If you speak too fast, your audience may have trouble keeping up with you. They won’t be able to think about the words you say, and your message will lose impact.
Preachers with a fast pace appear nervous.
But if you speak too slow your audience may become bored and wish you would hurry up and say it already. They may begin thinking about other things, and your message will lose impact.
Preachers with a slow pace appear to lack passion.
If you want to become a better preacher, you have to master the art of speaking pace.
So what is the perfect pace? Faster? Slower? Somewhere in between?
The answer is YES. All three.
If you preach at the…Continue Reading