Communicating for a Change [Resource]

Think back to last Sunday morning. You are in church and most likely preaching to, or teaching, a group of individuals God’s Word. You spent all week praying and preparing. You have studied the passage, you have internalized the passage, and now you are preaching yourself empty. Next week, you do the same thing. The, the week after, you do it again. You look at your people week in and week out and ask yourself if it’s making a difference and if they are really “getting it.” We all do that. To some extent, it is healthy. I would be more worried if I stopped caring about people comprehending the Bible. Today, I want to introduce you to a book that will help you preach clearly, and with greater focus. A book that will help you preach in a way so your people remember, and do, God’s word. That book is “Communicating for a Change.”

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“Communicating for a Change” is easily my favorite book I have ever read on preaching. I love it so much I have read through it multiple times. It has fundamentally shaped how I plan and structure my messages.

“Communicating for a Change” is easily my favorite book I have ever read on preaching.

The book.

The book.

Andy Stanley, a mega-church pastor in Georgia, wrote “Communicating for a Change.” Stanley is also, in my opinion, one of the best communicators of our time. You also might have heard of his dad, another great communicator, Charles Stanley. This book is a short read and has two parts. The first half is a parable about a Pastor who needs some help preaching. He goes on this whirlwind trip to improve his preaching  all while learning the points in the second half of the book. In the second half, the book is much more what you would expect from a book about preaching. It is more didactic and goes through several points that can improve your messages.

One of the biggest takeaways from “Communicating for a Change” is that less is more. Andy Stanley mostly uses one point sermons and he drives that one point into the minds of his congregation. He doesn’t get into sub-points or other topics; he focuses on one thing and gives the people something they can DO with that point. The whole book centers around the concept of “less is more.” Andy Stanley expounds much more on that point and how to preach less throughout the book. He deals with topics like “running out of time” and “Not having enough material for one point.” Even if you are a die-hard three-points-and-a-poem kind of preacher, the principles still apply. Hopefully, even with three points, your messages still have a unified theme throughout, and this book will help you convey that theme clearly.

If you want to take your preaching further, if you want to preach and have your people remember, and do, the message, do yourself a favor and read this book. You wont regret it.

Do yourself a favor and read this book. You wont regret it.

“Communicating for a Change” is available on Amazon here and through any other major book store.
Have you read “Communicating for a Change”? What did you think?

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