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!
When it comes to teaching teens how to preach and teach the Word, they have to first understand the whole goal of the Word. So many people feel like they can’t possibly remember every sermon they hear from week to week at church. Others think that sermons are just different topics of self-help every week from their pastor as a counselor. So, we must first of all focus students onto the focus of the Word: the glory of Christ. Continue reading →