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Preaching to students in a pandemic

Seek to speak from God’s heart to theirs: sensitively, passionately, directly, and clearly.

BIBLICAL PREACHING AUTOR 108/Peter_Mead 28 DE OCTUBRE DE 2020 09:11 h
Photo: [link]John Schnobrich[/link], Unsplash CC0.

Preaching to students is one of the very best ministries. But what about preaching during an unprecedented pandemic when many of our teaching opportunities are virtual?



Here are six quick thoughts that may be helpful,  three on what they need to hear, and three on communicating online.



1. What is true now is always true, so the message does not change



2020 does not feel normal at all! There is uncertainty all around us, political turmoil, people divided against each other, and a world living in fear of dying. But that description was also true last year and will be true five years from now. 2020 has just made some things feel more vivid.



God loves this broken and hurting world. He loves it so much that he sent his Son on the greatest ever rescue mission. He loves it so much that He has sent His people out, empowered by the Spirit, to proclaim the glorious news of Jesus.



So, since the need is as great as ever, our message does not change.



2. What is felt now is far more vivid than before, so speak from God’s heart to theirs



Since the comfortable culture bubble has been burst, people are potentially more prepared for a message of life and hope. They are feeling concerned, fearful, confused, upset, and vulnerable.



When people are feeling more intensely, we can’t simply present cold hard facts and expect them to connect. Yes, our message is a set of truths, but those truths come from the loving heart of God. Seek to speak from God’s heart to theirs: sensitively, passionately, directly, and clearly.



3. What is needed is today’s good news, so speak the truth with targeted relevance



Don’t just preach a message from last year. The gospel is, by definition, highly relevant, that is why Jesus became a human in the first place!



Let’s look for ways to speak into the lives of our listeners with the highly relevant message of what God’s love has done for us in Christ.



4. Anticipate the difference of preaching without hearers in the room



When you speak to a group of students there is energy in the room, sometimes distraction, often responsiveness. When you speak to the back of your phone or a webcam, the room feels really dead!



Know that you will find the experience more draining than normal preaching and be sure to go to God as a top priority to make sure you let Him minister to you before you try to minister to others (like Mary in Luke 10:38-42).



5. Adjust your content to consider two crowds



The students listening to you may be the same as before, but there is a difference: they’re no longer sitting together in a big group. Your style needs to be more personal and direct.



Focus less on addressing the student group as a crowd, and more on speaking directly to your hearers as individuals. At the same time, given that whatever is put online can be seen by anyone, remember another crowd too.



You probably won’t go viral and be watched by millions, but you still need to be careful. Do not to speak carelessly, even in humour, in a way that could be clipped or misappropriated by antagonists to our faith.



6. Apply some basic principles to communicate effectively to camera



Try to get your camera at eye level, beware of a distracting background, and get as much natural light as possible.Get closer to the camera as if you are on a Skype call with a friend, not standing several metres away as you might in a meeting. Learn to make eye contact in a single lens (not easy).



Test your setup before you preach. Trim content and get to the point quicker. Your viewers have just a screen, rather than the energy of a room full of people. It’s harder to concentrate on a preacher on screen, so do anything you can to help them listen.



And one bonus thought: be sure to get helpful feedback from others and watch what you are expecting others to watch… we are all on a steep learning curve this year, but what we have to share is so worth sharing!



Peter Mead is mentor at Cor Deo and author of several books. This article first appeared on his blog Biblical Preaching.


 

 


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