I can still see myself as a young teenager in France sitting in church Sunday after Sunday at our afternoon Gospel meeting. When some of the pastors were giving the evangelistic message, I can remember thinking: “Does it have to be so long, so joyless, so dry? Can’t it be done differently?”
Over the years, after hearing speakers and preachers at all kinds of events, I have sometimes wondered if the one standing behind that pulpit really thinks that what he or she is preaching is the greatest news in the world.
Imagine for a moment that I have with me a most precious jewel. I want to give it to an old Christian lady who faithfully prays for me. It is the most expensive present I have ever given someone. I wrap the precious gift in an old newspaper. I head over to the dear grandmother’s house, ring the bell and hand it to her: “It’s for you as a thank you gift for all the years you’ve spent praying for me. You can have a look at it when I’ve left”. I wave her goodbye. The old woman is now holding a wonderful present but the presentation is of the worst kind.
In the same way, we have the greatest story ever told but so often, the way we present it is very poor.
The Church is called to celebrate the art of public speaking. God is looking to anoint disciples who are willing to stand up and speak out with clarity, boldness and creativity.
We can come out of the old ‘3 point sermons’.
We can rediscover story telling.
Story telling was never meant to stay locked up in Sunday schools. Stories are still the most powerful tools to teach everyone, everywhere keys of the Kingdom.
I have spent most of my life in public speaking; a path the Lord led me into when I was a young boy. I have preached in all kind of places, from posh British universities to rundown Cambodian prisons. I have discovered that public speaking is still the greatest way to stir and challenge people’s hearts.
Since July 2016, I am training, coaching and praying for those who are also called to stand up and speak out the Gospel. There is a great number of potential talented speakers out there. They deserve to be recognized and encouraged.
Many of those speakers do believe the Gospel is the best story in the world but they are frustrated of not being able to get their audience to be fully engaged with them.
GospelTALK wants to equip God’s people to speak in such a way that the audience will want to listen till the end.