When I began preaching occasionally at my home church some years ago, I struggled at first with the ebb and flow of engagement in the eyes of those listening. I longed to flip the classroom, so to speak, or at least call on the sleepy friend in row four or the murmuring teens to my left. The head pastor assured me that some people would be shocked into staying home if I treated the sanctuary too much like a university classroom, so I restrain myself. Instead I study their responses as I speak, counting it a win when my words keep the Sunday morning nappers alert and hold at bay the film of distraction that can slide over the eyes of even the most polite listener. And if I feel the energy in the room diffusing, the answer is simple: Tell a story.
Harrop, Jennie A.
"Letter From the Editor,"
International Christian Community of Teacher Educators Journal: Vol. 12
, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/icctej/vol12/iss1/1