OK, if you are using limited notes, where do you keep them? 1. In the Pulpit Here the preacher places the limited notes on the pulpit. When done well, the audience may not even recognize or remember that the notes are up
A few years ago, I attended a workshop entitled: “Authentic Patience: Improvisation and Preaching.” The presentation was by Rev Mark T. Davis who is the senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Boise Idaho. Rev. Davis has an interesting sermon methodology that
The Talking the Walk Blog has an interesting post that seeks to derive help for preachers from an interview with Denzel Washington.
Denzel answers why he did a particular hand movement in a movie by saying:
This past weekend I listened and looked on the internet to a preacher who was preaching without notes. The preacher simply stated everything that came to his mind on the subject or not on the subject. He had highs and lows, but there was no rhyme or reason to the sermon. Then the preacher ended with a whimper and sat down.
At the end of the sermon it was difficult to remember any points from the sermon. There were a few “flashes of brilliance” but largely it was a long “stream of consciousness” without purpose. What went wrong?
Learn the various options for those who wish to preach without notes. This is a webseminar that I presented earlier this year. Many SoulPreaching.Com readers have asked that this replay be presented. So here is the video of the seminar. [flv:http://shc-webseminar.s3.amazonaws.com/notefree/preachwithoutnotes.mp4 http://shc-webseminar.s3.amazonaws.com/notefree/optionsforpreachingwithoutnotes.jpg
When people ask me about preaching without notes, many assume that you must write out the whole sermon and then memorize the sermon. These preachers are looking for a method that will help them memorize such a large amount of material.