This was our “lab portion” of the KTL semester. The lab is when we go into the student building, I teach them how to speak, preach, and present their sermon in an effective way. We go through everything from eye contact, to facial expression, to voice inflection, pitch, volume, rate, hand gestures, posture, standing and walking, and emotion. After we went through all that with questions, we had our first student preacher go through his practice sermon. Every Sunday night before the Wednesday one of our KTL preachers preach in April, we let that student preacher of the week practice preach. I then offer them some critique on how to make it better before Wednesday. Every student needs different instruction. I then take them out to eat on that Monday night before they preach just to celebrate what’s coming up, talk with them more about it, and show them how thankful I am for them.
The mp3 here is the instruction on “how to preach” and it is the critique of David’s sermon just so you can hear how we handle it. We’re pretty straight forward and don’t pull any punches. Our guys love that because they want it straight up on how they can be the best preacher for Christ they possibly can!
As we are finishing up our KTL semester with a few of our teens preaching through the book of Job, we have had some questions come up about what to do after you preach and after a service.
What should you say to everyone who just tells you, “Good job!”? First of all, “good job” really is the last thing a Christ-centered preacher wants to hear. A Christ-centered preacher would much rather hear: this is what God taught me, this is the sin in my life that has been revealed, this is how I’ve been challenged to change, etc. So whenever I’m done with a sermon and someone tells me simply “good job” then I simply say in return: “Thank you for the encouragement, but please know that all glory goes to Jesus!” (Bonus note: I have been told before “that was a d*** fine sermon, son” after a message!)
Is it okay to ask people how you did…after your sermon? I only have one or two people that I like to ask that, and they are always people who will honestly tell me the bad along with the good. They know me and preaching well enough to do that. So, instead of asking them how I did, I always beat my own self to the punch and I quickly ask them: “What did God teach you tonight?” I ask them that so that the focus is on God doing the teaching, on God’s Word, and off of my performance. That also beats them to the punch from just saying “good job”. Continue reading →
KTL is our team of 11 guy students in our ministry who either believe they are called to the ministry and desire training, or they are not sure if God has called them to ministry but they desire to be trained in the meantime. Out of the 11 guys, we had 4 (2 seniors and 2 juniors) who had the opportunity to preach through Judges in April for the entire student ministry. The other 7 are getting their opportunity to preach to the KTL Team over the month of May.
The students I’m highlighting this week who got to preach this last Sunday evening for our KTL Team was David Munoz (freshman) and Michael Harris (8th grader). Continue reading →
KTL is our ministry class for teenage guys who are either called into the ministry or who are heavily discerning God’s call on their life for ministry. This is our 10th and final class session just before the 4 senior high students preach through their passages for the student ministry over the next 4 weeks.
This specific KTL session is on how to preach/communicate the text/sermon. We’ve talked all the way through how to structure the sermon, but this is a crazy important section on communicating and preaching. There are tons of brilliant guys out there who can study, write, and structure phenomenal sermons…but can they preach the sermons? Preaching has so much to do with the way you communicate the text with proper emotion, authority, humor, etc. So here ya go, a session how to communicate your text effectively.
Yep, you guessed it. There’s no article yet. But there is an mp3 of the class session on how to use introductions, create a need for every person to listen, and how to conclude the sermon. So listen up!
I remember being at a weekend conference for student ministries and hearing the dynamic speakers chosen to preach. I was amazed that both speakers preached two different sermons, but their sermons were both so much alike. They both introduced their sermon with the topic they thought the text hit on. One preached on frustration and the other on gratitude. The way they introduced their sermon was by going into a comedy monologue by telling a life story that had to do with their topic. Then they talked about the importance and life impact of their topic. Then they went to a passage of Scripture that addressed the biblical issues that go along with that topic. Then they closed their sermon with a challenge on how to live that topic for Christ.
To be honest with you, I think they both were good sermons. I think they both honored God and the Word of God very well. But I came home with many questions and even some confusion. Is this how God intends His Word to be preached? Is the Bible merely a spiritual self-help book that is written in the form of addressing many different topics and issues of our day? Is it just a book on morality? Do our sermons and lessons to students need to be heavy on application to their lives?
Personally, I think the primary thought we should have when preparing to preach/teach to teenagers is…JESUS CHRIST! Continue reading →
The dude stepped up to the mic, opened his mouth, and the Spirit of God took over from there. A couple months ago, one of our KTL teenagers came up to me and requested another opportunity to preach in our Wednesday night worship service. The guy has obviously been called to pastoral ministry, is seen as a leader everywhere he goes and in everything he does, and can flat out preach (or “shuck some corn” as they say in Bama). I wanted to finish our series on Leviticus first, so I found the perfect spot for him just a little over the month after he asked for it. I told me he had been studying the book of Job by himself, and wanted to share it with the students. Two days before he preached, I gave him an opportunity to run through it with some other guys on our KTL ministry. After a few tune-ups in his message here and there, he was ready to rock. Continue reading →