Recently, our youth director gave a sermon. Here is the feedback I gave him. I thought his example might encourage some other young preachers out there.
Hey brother Allan,
I just listened to your sermon from youth Sunday. I appreciate so many things about your ministry:
- Your story told with a personal tone is so engaging; you drew me into your own journey
- You speak frankly and lovingly of your wife; I get the message from you that you love her, and that marriage is important
- I love that you include the youth in your story; they matter; they are your colleagues and partners; you need them; this says a lot to them; they will not forget it
- You take the preaching event very seriously; you labor in preparation; you are nervous because it means so much to you that you honor the preaching opportunity
- You want the Holy Spirit to work; you want people to be encouraged and prompted to action; you value the emotional aspect of our faith, not just the cognitive
- You are time conscious; your listeners know that you will respect their attention and time
- You know you can’t do ministry yourself; you make it clear that you need prayer.
- You are interactive; you talk to the people and welcome their response; you encourage them to look at, and talk to each other, comfortably (“at home”).
Don’t ever lose these wonderful traits.
Love you brother. In Christ,