Is your audience boring?
Do they respond to your preaching? Do they laugh at jokes? Do they say “Amen.” Do they ever clap their hands? Are they leaning in to listen? Are they taking notes?
You may think the problem is your people, but I want to propose something different here: If your audience is dull, maybe the problem isn’t your audience. Maybe, the problem is how you have engaged with them.
Audience engagement starts with the speaker. People will do what they are taught., Many pastors just don’t encourage engagement.
In my opinion, good preaching sits somewhere in between monologue and dialogue (a lecture and a conversation). The preacher does the talking, but the audience is engaged and gives feedback with their body language and occasional with their mouths.
So how do you help build audience engagement? Here are five ways I have found helpful.
But first, I need to make 3 important disclaimers:
- Just because people says “Amen” or clap a lot doesn’t make you a better preacher. There is such a thing as too much engagement.
- Audience engagement will vary by church tradition. I am not saying that any one tradition is better than another. This advice is only if you want to encourage more…