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From Your Heart to Theirs, Participant's Guide

From Your Heart to Theirs, Participant's Guide

Delivering an Effective Sermon  

by Tony Franks, David Carroll
Clergy & Laity Discipleship

"Let me tell you a story." Since childhood, those introductory words capture our attention like few others. Sharing our faith story can be just as captivating and influential. Yet even the most experienced public speaker may need help preparing a sermon that's both engaging and compelling. Franks and Carroll will help you develop such a sermon. The parts of this helpful experiential guide for novice and already certified lay speakers include

  1. types of sermons, from exegetical to topical to those for children
  2. finding the story and using the hymnal
  3. reading the Bible aloud
  4. communicating on paper and moving beyond it
  5. presentation and practice

Each of the sections is designed for 2-hour sessions. Part of the Learning & Leading Series, which is a course that helps participants to prepare sermons by providing plans and worksheets, stressing good oral communication, offering suggestions on incorporating stories, and providing time for prayer, study and revision. Appropriate for use in a variety of settings, including Lay Speaking Advanced Courses, Ministerial Course of Study, colleges, and seminaries. Instructor's Guide available.

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-88177-536-5
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Discipleship Resources
Publication Date: 01/01/2008
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 9.2500 x 7.3125 x 0.0620

Tony Franks is a Certified Lay Speaker in the Mississippi Annual Conference. He has served as president of the Mississippi Chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Franks is a high school music and English teacher and has also taught college English and oral communications.

David Carroll is ordained in The United Methodist Church and has served in youth ministry for more than 25 years.


"Tony Franks and David Carroll have produced an excellent resource that not only addresses the mechanics and fundamentals of sermon preparation but also helps participants learn to convey a message in a confident and compelling manner. It offers great insight and instruction into capturing the essence of connecting to individuals as the preparation unfolds before a larger audience. This advanced course does indeed lay the groundwork for effective sermon delivery. Simply add your heart-felt emphasis!"
— Brian Jackson
Chair, Education Committee
Association of Conference Directors of Lay Speaking Ministries

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