Saturday, July 30, 2011

We don't need another Joyce Meyer

This is the ninth post in this series on message preparation.  If you've missed the previous eight posts, just go to the "preaching" label to catch up.

One of the main things I believe about delivery of a message is staying true to who God has made you to be.

A concern I have for those who are starting out in speaking ministries today is that things have become so commercialized with formulas of how to do things -- everything from marketing your ministry to how to deliver your message.  I realized last week when a friend asked me for any preaching helps I could give here on the blog that this is probably the reason I've never shared any.  My concern for this is that in such many may lose the experience of allowing God to uniquely shape them and instead copying a pattern followed by another.  My feeling is that this can actually short circuits your efforts or dreams - not accelerate them, if you aren't careful to seek God for the way that He wants you to fulfill your divine call.

We don't need another Joyce Meyer, as amazing as she is.  We already have one.

We don't need another Beth Moore, another Lisa Bevere, another T.D. Jakes.  We already have them.

These people are wonderful and they have all imparted life changing things to me through their sermons and books.  But as wonderful as they are copycats -- not so much.

Yesterday I spoke of not tweaking to the crowd.  I believe this is a good principle no matter your style.  Today I encourage you to be your authentic self in your delivery.  I also believe this principle applies to anyone.

Speak with passion, from the very core of who you are.  Beg God for His message for the people and then share it like it's the last opportunity you'll ever have.


Don't compare with others, ever.  The fact is, your true self is incomparable.  It's my experience that speakers who are genuinely called by God to preach and stay true to their authentic self are unstoppable.

2 comments:

Tina Blount said...

Good word!

Deanna Shrodes said...

Thank you so much for your feedback! Love you