James Wood made the following comment on the post Extent of Application:
I think he brings up a good point. I’ve tried to combat this by forming the sermon through conversation with the community. The beauty is, technology can aid this! I will post questions from the text to my facebook page as I’m studying. The responses help me to direct my study and hone my examples to reflect the needs of the community.
I have not tried this, but am intrigued. While not a huge fan of facebook, it may be an easy way to access “feed-forward” input in the preparation of a sermon. The point of “feed-forward” input is to be able to hone a message in advance of it being preached by gaining input from an individual or group during the preparation process. (Obviously it is kind of like feedback, but in anticipation.)
Has anyone else tried using Facebook or Twitter or even good old fashioned email for input prior to preaching? There is something about face to face interaction, but let’s be honest and recognize that something is better than nothing and unless we have a system in place, we are often choosing nothing over something in these matters. At the same time, perhaps people feel less pressure in an electronic social setting and are therefore more willing to engage honestly?
Any thoughts or experience on this, please share!