How to prepare a talk/sermon

Andy StanleyContinuing with the topics from my Ministry Training LifeGroup…

The next topic was how to prepare a talk/sermon. I walked the group how I prepare when communicating to a group. This can be for a service, seminar, or even sales pitch. I pretty much used my love of the book Communicating for a change by Andy Stanley. An amazing book for those who really want to enhance their speaking and prep skills.



Casting Vision and keeping it

Lately I was getting frustrated by my lack of time for training students in ministry/leadership skills. As I was praying, Brian (my semester missionary) came into my office asking if I wanted to do a LifeGroup. God told me to start a ministry training group. So far we have only met twice but both times went amazing. The students really desire to be trained and seeing how my BCM class back at FSU has about 90% of us in ministry, I figured it would be good to do. So I’ll be posting the resources I use each time and the handouts we create. I say we because it is more discussion based than me teaching because I hate to always do the talking.

The first official week we met we talked about how to cast vision and make it stick. Much of these notes are based on Andy Stanley‘s book: Making Vision Stick. I highly recommend this book because it is short but so powerful. The book defines vision as:

Vision: A mental picture of what could be, fueled by a passion that it should be.

To me, that is a great description because a vision should be solving a problem that you can’t shake from the pits of your stomach. Kind of like what happened in the book of Nehemiah. He was so upset about the wall being broken that the city was in disgrace and danger that he couldn’t sleep. This caused a passion to well up inside Nehemiah and created followers to help him with the vision from God. What a great picture of leadership and a great way for us to learn how to cast vision and make it stick.

Check out the handout: Casting Vision – handout and the notes: Casting Vision.

The five steps mentioned in the book to make vision stick are:

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  1. State it simply
  2. Cast it convincingly
  3. Repeat it regularly
  4. Celebrate it systematically
  5. Embrace it personally (and publicly)

Let me know what you think!

Random Video Thursday – Tripp and Tyler edition

Coming out you with another Random Video Thursday. This time Tripp and Tyler are in all the videos so be prepared to feel awkward, amazed, and stupid all at the same time…

First up a video from Catalyst East, a video about Andy Stanley:

Next up is a video from Catalyst West about a Q and A with Craig Groeschel, stinkin hilarious!

Another Catalyst West video (I promise this is not a Catalyst commercial! But you should go!). This one is really awkward with Donald Miller but great dry humor:

And finally…a series of that’ll leave a mark videos that were used at…you guessed it Catalyst East

Free Drive 2010 Ticket!

Yes, I’m serious. I won a ticket to Drive 2010 from Catalyst and thought I would be able to attend (any chance to hear Andy live is a treat for me!). When I was literally across from his office last week, I became so sad ha! Anyways, the conference is May 3rd – 5th (literally next week!). So if you would like to go compliments of our boys at Catalyst here is how you do it:

To win the Drive 2010 (currently $329) ticket:

  1. TWEET THIS: Win a ticket to the DRIVE Conference (Oh Snap!), May 3-5. Comment on this post and any other + RT to enter:  #Drive2010
  2. COMMENT ON ANY OTHER POST: comment on any other post on my blog (the comment SHOULD be about the post)
  3. COMMENT BELOW: with your twitter name and the post you commented on
  4. I’ll pick a winner from C tomorrow at 11am EST and announce it via my twitter (@rahulusfbcm)