Which One Of These 6 Messages Types Will You Use This Sunday?
After you have prayed, done your research, consulted the commentaries and lived with the passage the question still remains, “How do I present this?” What is the best approach for the specific situation you are in as a church right now?
Jesus tailored his message for his listeners and we should too.
Here are 6 Preaching Angles from an article I recently read by Glen Long entitled “The Only 6 Posts Worth Writing (and How to Totally Nail Each one)
#1 – The Wake-Up Call
- The Wake-Up Call is a tough-talking post whose purpose is to snap the reader out of behavior that’s destructive, misguided or simply isn’t in line with their claimed goals.
#2 – The Catalyst
- The Catalyst is a post designed to push the reader over the edge – but in a positive way.
#3 – The Lifeline
- The Lifeline is a highly practical post that gives the reader the solution to a problem they already know they have.
#4 – The Handholder
- The Hand-Holder takes a new reader on their first baby steps toward a large and seemingly impossible goal.
#5 – The Strategy
- The Strategy gives the reader a robust process for reaching an elusive goal. This is a post for the reader who already knows where they are and where they need to be but cannot see a clear path between the two.
#6 – The Horizon Expander
- The Horizon-Expander aims to broaden the reader’s knowledge and open them to new ideas and opportunities.
How do I make this practical?
If you are preaching an expository or textual message let the passage give you direction as to which category it might fall into.
If you are preaching a topical message consider your audience and what approach is needed for your particular context.
I came across this article while I was preparing a message called, “You Are Not To Busy To Pray”.
I decided to use the Catalyst Approach.
I read 15 Great Excuses Not to Form the Fitness Habit by Leo Babauta and loved the way he knocked down each excuse people have for not exercising. As I put my message together I used the same type of approach with the excuses we have for not praying.
Finally, think back over the past year and take a tally of what categories your message fall into.
Are you balanced or are you a one-trick pony?
Jesus varied His approach depending on His audience and what they needed and so should we.
Here’s to better preaching.