Alan Knox linked
to a preacher/blogger
who's experimenting with Discussion in lieu of Sermons. Says the blogger, "One-way communication is just not that effective."
This reminds me of an oft-quoted educational
statistic urban legend
that goes like this: "We remember 10% of what we read, 20% of what we see, 30% of what we hear, 70% of what we say, and 90% of what we do." These and other similar numbers are complete bunk
, but they still get passed on because they feel
true. Educators who don't track down the citations still know from experience that a combination of experiences is what's effective. For instance: seeing, hearing, reading AND writing, while collaborating with a group to re-present the information to others - that really reinforces a lesson. The bottom line is that learning takes root best when the learners are fully engaged
Mega-Pastors with more resources have been working the audio-visual gimmicks for years, one reason I suspect Alan's friend Eric must be a small church preacher. Still, if the goal is to transfer meaningful information in a memorable experience, and perhaps even to inspire, then why on earth would you ONLY lecture? I quickly add that gimmicks can be just as boring as anything else, but a discussion is always more likely to engage the participants on a deeper and more intimate level. So, Eric
, I definitely think you're on to something.
Personally, of course, I see all this as completely apart from the myriad of other good reasons to give up traditional sermonizing. I'm just saying. ;-)
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