Programmed Silence

When someone asks you to consider factual information, weigh your feelings about those facts, and come to a decision, do you ever need to take a moment of quiet and carefully make a choice as to how you will respond? If you do, you are very much like the vast majority of people in the world. Most people simply don’t make important decisions without having some time to consider what will be in their best interest.

When you preach your sermon each week, particularly when you share a critically important biblical truth, is it not reasonable, when you call for a response from the members of your congregation, to give them some time to think about the ramifications of the decision you are asking them to make? I think it’s very reasonable.

That’s the topic of Podcast 236. I extend this personal invitation to you to click the link on this page that will take you to my website and listen to this Podcast. You will find appropriate links to the Podcast on the website homepage, both on the left-hand menu and in the center column.

I strongly believe that giving the congregation at least a few moments of silence to consider what you are urging them to do will allow more of your people to respond positively to your request. And, make certain you give them some “How-Tos” in the body of your sermon to help them choose a way to make the response you’re asking them to consider.

I continue to feel very grateful and am humbled by the many positive comments about my latest book entitled The Sermon Sucking Black Hole—Why You Can’t Remember on Monday What Your Minister Preached on Sunday. This book is now available at by clicking here.

This book gives some solid tips to the people sitting in the congregation to help them remember what you’ve said from the pulpit when they come to worship services in the church where you serve as pastor.


Please click here to visit David Mains’ website.

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




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