I love visiting other churches. I love walking on a church campus for the first time pretending I know nothing about church. It helps me understand how people might feel when they come to visit my church for the first time.
I visited a new church this week that I have never been to. They have a nice building. Their volunteers were friendly. The music was good. But as I sat and listened to the pastor, for some reason I was having trouble connecting.
The content was good, but something in his delivery was off. That’s when I realized the problem. The pastor had lousy eye contact.
His eyes bounced left, right, then down at his notes. Left, right, notes. Left, right, notes.
Although the message was thought out, his eyes betrayed him. His nerves showed. And it made it hard to watch and listen.
Eye contact is critical for four major reasons.
4 Benefits of Eye Contact in Preaching:
1. Eye Contact Builds Trust
When people lie, what do their eyes do? They look away! That is why people will say, “Look me in the eyes and tell me the truth.”…Continue Reading