On Saturday I shared a couple of reflections on the ELF in Hungary as related to preaching. Here are a few more to ponder together:
3. Watch your language for second language listeners. In some ways I’d expect this to be obvious, but obviously it wasn’t for one or two speakers. When there are people in the audience that are listening in their second language, watch yours. While they may understand the words, they may not be familiar with local figures of speech. What does it mean that “the apostles made a killing on the God-fearers!”? Always be aware of who is listening when you speak.
4. Affirm as well as rebuke. Along the same lines, actually reflecting on the same message, it is important not to simply generalise and rebuke without some affirmation too. Perhaps the majority of your congregation never witness to anyone, but be sure to recognize that some do, whether or not they feel effective in doing so. It is much easier to blast, it stirs and maximises effect. But with any group, and especially an international group, be sure to affirm the good that is happening today.
5. Delivery matters. You cannot turn good content into a good talk without good delivery. (At the same time good delivery will not sanctify weak content.)
I was going to complete the list today, but actually I’ll save the last thoughts for tomorrow. As ever, feel free to comment. I’d love to hear the reflections of those present at the ELF too.