Communication is not about you or what people think about you or how well you will perform.

Communication is about the people sitting in front of you.

It’s about. . .

  • giving to them
  • helping them
  • instructing them
  • and persuading them of something that will enrich their lives.

-Ken Davis

Secrets of Dynamic Communication (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013), 11

Check out this insightful interview between Dallas Willard and John Ortberg from Catalyst 2010.

Dallas Willard says, what is wrong with the Church today is a skewed message of the Gospel?

He says specifically  that “The problem (with the church) is their message, What is their central message? and the inability to make touch with what Jesus says as the central message undermines all of the efforts of the Church.

  • Do you think that is fair?
  • What message do you want to preach?
  • The Gospel? The Kingdom of God?
  • What do message do you want the world to hear from your preaching?
  • How can we make our message clearer?
  • What do you think about what was discussed in the interview?

In an interview from, Fred Craddock discusses the use of humor and emotion in preaching.  There are many more preaching videos (Click here). Craddock has written several books most notable, “As One Without Authority.”

  • Do you use humor or jokes in your sermons?
  • How do you decide?
  • What are the drawbacks to using humor and emotion in Sermons?
  • What are the advantages to using humor and emotion in Sermons?
  • What did you think about Dr. Fred Craddock’s comments?

When we commit to preach for life change, your preparation is not complete until you have answered two very important questions:

  1. So what?
  2. Now what?

Our preaching won’t make much difference if our people don’t understand what difference it is supposed to make.  Our audience won’t do much with what we’ve taught until we tell ’em what they ought to do.  -Andy Stanley

Communicating for a Change (Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2006), 97

5 Subscription Media Sites to check out for Chapel Services

Often when leading a chapel service, I look for helps to add creative elements that will help make my point and add some professionalism to the service.  In the Chaplaincy, we don’t have graphic designers and media people on staff, however there are many sites that offer yearly subscriptions with unlimited downloads of videos and other media content.

Here are my top 5 resources for Subscription Media sites.

Igniter Media –  This is one of my Favorite media sites.  You can get a membership of purchase ala-cart.  They have great quality videos, moving backgrounds, and slides for use with sermons or lyric slides.

Grace Way Media– This site has 1000’s of graphic resources geared for sermon series and announcements.  Great for professional marketing of Chapel events.

Centerline New Media – Another sites with various videos and themed backgrounds.  This sight has great seasonal elements.

Hyper Pixels Media The leased expensive subscription lots of unique media elements.  Countdowns, trivia games,and videos.

The Work Of The People (TWOTP) A media resource that has liturgical resources that go with the reading of the calendars.  Also various teaching clips from various thought leaders.  The media from this site has a little more rough style to it.  Lots of great content.

These sites are my top picks check them out and let me know what you think.

  • Do you have favorite sites that you go to for resources?
  • What do you find helpful to your ministry?


A roundtable discussion  from The Gospel Coalition about common blunders among new preachers.

In this video: Tullian Tchividjian, Russell Moore, and Voddie Baucham share personal mistakes they made and encourage those who preach to learn from them and try to avoid the common mistakes.

  • Have you experienced some of these mistakes?
  • Are there common Chaplain mistakes that need to be avoided?
  • What advice would you give to help others learn from your mistakes?

Your big idea is that one key message you must communicate.  It’s what compels the audience to change course.

It has two components:

  • Your point of view
  • What’s at stake

-Nancy Duarte

HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentions (Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2012), 27

Nancy Duarte’s Ted talk from January 11, 2010 discusses the common structure of the greatest communicators.  She encourages the audience saying “You have the power to change the world!” and continues by explaining better ways to share your world changing ideas.  Nancy has written a few books: Slide:ology, Resonate, and HBR guide to Persuasive Presentations.

Check out her companies site for information about products,workshops and other resources.

Check out many other TedTalks:  Ideas Worth Spreading.

  • What did you think about the structure that Nancy explains in her talk?
  • What did you find helpful or challenging?
  • Are there principles from this talk that can be used for more effective Preaching?