6. Target relevance in your introduction. Try to plan an introduction that demonstrates the relevance of the preacher, the message and the text. How can you make sure, in those first two or three minutes, that people lean forward because they know you are not out of touch with them, the message will make a difference to them, and the text is going to be on target?
7. Call on the REF as you conclude. When you come to your next conclusion, call on the ref for a simple and effective wrap-up. R stands for review – take a moment to survey where you have come together in the message. E stands for encourage – end with an encouragement rather than critique or guilt. F stands for finish – land the plane first time, don’t keep circling, and saying a bit more, and continuing on, and reinforcing your earlier points, and adding new materials, and . . . ok, enough.
8. Slow down through the curves. Specifically evaluate the transitions to make sure they are not too sudden or brief. Make sure your listeners can come with you and not suddenly wake up and wonder where they are!
9. Read a preaching book. If you haven’t read a book to help you as a preacher lately, make the investment. If you click on “Review” in the right hand column, you’ll find a selection on here, or ask your friends for a recommendation on facebook. Books to help you preach better are typically not tomes, but usually beneficial.
10. Get some helpful feedback. Ask certain people for certain feedback. Ask about your content. Ask about your personal warmth. Ask about your delivery and mannerisms and gestures and so on. Make sure they know they can be honest. You will improve as a result. Practice makes permanent, but evaluated practice makes for improvement!