A Quick Way to Help You Pace Your Sermon


Early in my ministry days, I worked in a church with a phenomenal preacher. He had, like many, been successful in business in his early days and had some background in marketing.He would often tell me important things about theology, faith, and preaching. I don't remember many of those pieces of advice but one has stuck with me, and it has to do with pace.

Here's the thing, no matter how fast or slow you talk it is always helpful to include pauses. The brain is pretty good at processing words. Fast-talking does not necessarily mean bad preaching. However, if you want people to absorb what you are talking about, you need to pause occasionally to let the information sink in. 

If you are anything like me, you have a hard time remembering to pause. Here is where the advice comes in. Bring a bottle of water that you have to open to drink from. Throughout your sermon, maybe even at planned times, take a drink. It will take a few seconds, and it will seem a little strange at first, but it's a natural pause that can be very helpful for your pacing.

As far as insights into preaching go, this one is pretty simple, but it will help you to incorporate pacing into your sermon. 


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