This past week as I was wrestling with a message for the weekend I had to go back to five basic questions I try to answer every time I speak. If you are a speaker these are great questions to ask before you hop on the stage:
Several times, including this past weekend, I thought I was done with a message only to realize that I hadn't adequately answered the questions. That's when I find myself on a Saturday taking the message apart piece by piece and putting it back together again. I hate the work of building a message, but I have to remember that my goal as a speaker isn't clever words or stunning logic; my goal is life change.
Hope this helps.
Source: Geoff Surratt
Geoff Surratt is the Pastor of Church Planting at Saddleback Church. Before that he served Seacoast Church as Pastor of Ministries. He is the co-author of The Multisite Church Revolution and The Multisite Church Roadtrip as well as the author of Ten Stupid Things that Keep Churches from Growing. Geoff blogs here and Twitters here, but he juggles for no man.
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