It’s easy…if you know how
Pastor, what if there was a way to triple the number of people in your church who:
- read the Bible each morning…
- pray daily for the church and its mission…
- remember and apply what they hear during your sermons…
…without adding a ton of work to your already busy schedule?
Interested? I thought so.
There is a way. It’s a method as old as the church itself, recorded in Acts 2:46:
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.”
The early believers didn’t rely on a once-a-week sermon. They sat under the apostles’ teaching daily. As a result, the church exploded.
Now, thanks to modern technology, you can teach your people every day – without them having to physically gather.
However, it will require a shift in how you distribute your preaching and teaching.
Seminary taught you to pack all your teaching into a single weekly sermon. I sometimes call this the “40-minute brain dump.”
But a growing body of evidence suggests that lengthy monologue lectures are the worst way to teach for retention. Indeed, the average churchgoer forgets most of the sermon by the time he reaches the church parking lot. As I’ve often said:
It takes 20 hours to prepare a sermon — and 20 minutes for people to forget it.
Experts are realizing that shorter messages, reinforced through repetition seem to have greater sticking power. This was Jesus’ preferred teaching method. He told short, memorable stories and repeated them over and over. Repetition leads to retention.