It's always helpful for communicators to ask good questions as we prepare messages. Good questions asked and answered create clarity in communication.
This week, Rick Eimers, our youth pastor, presented me with a set of questions as a way to help make sure all of our environments engage the whole person. He's using a head, heart, hand paradigm.
Rick's questions: "Am I driving participants to the text? Am I teaching them to be self-feeders? Is this "experience" theologically grounded?" I would add, "What does God want the people to know and why does He want them to know it?"
Rick's questions: "Does this activity draw the participants towards brokenness and repentance? Are our people confronted with truth that initiates compassion?" I would add, "What does God want the people to feel and why does He want them to feel it?"
Rick's questions: "Is there clear expectation on what to do next? Are tangible opportunities given to give back? Is vision being cast clearly on how service is advancing the kingdom?" I would add, "What does God want the people to do and wht does God want them to do it?"
These are excellent challenging questions for communicators and ministry planners.Why don't you think about using these questions the next time you prepare an event or a message?
Question: What questions do you use to help you stay focused and clear as a communicator?