Congregational Input—
On the Fly or Ahead of Time?

It takes a very brave and skillful pastor to stop in the middle of a sermon and ask for congregational input. That’s something that few pastors can pull off successfully. I did recently observe a very fruitful effort at inviting the congregation’s comments into the very heart of the sermon. But that’s definitely an exception.

Throughout my many years of ministry, I’ve used an entirely different technique to gain insight into the thinking of the members of my congregation or the audience of my radio and television. programs. In Podcast No. 111, I share the practices I’ve found helpful in more closely relating to the thoughts, hopes, dreams, and needs of the members of a congregation. If you wish to hear my thoughts, please click the link on this page that will take you to my Sermon-Coach website and, then, click on the link for this Podcast.

As pastors, we seek to make our sermons relevant to exactly where our people are in their daily lives. No technique facilitates that better than seeking input in the ways I suggest in this Podcast. I truly hope you find my comments helpful.

For quite a few weeks now, I’ve shared with you about my new book entitled The Sermon Sucking Black Hole—Why You Can’t Remember on Monday What Your Minister Preached on Sunday. This book is scheduled for release in early May. In the meantime, you may pre-order the book at by clicking here.

This book gives information about how to make your sermons memorable. And, it also gives some solid tips to the people sitting in the congregation to help them remember what you’ve said.


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You will also find a variety of resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries website. Please click here.




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