Editor’s Note: The following article is a summary of material presented at the Center for Youth Ministry Training’s conference From Txt2Speech: Proclaiming scripture to youth in a digital age, held Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tenn.
Are youth engaged in your youth ministry talks or sermons? Can we give them hearing aides to help them receive the Word better? No, not the in-ear hearing aids that some of your congregation’s older members use; instead, are there tools that we can use or ways we can present the Word so that youth can hear and process better?
What if they were good active listeners? We can use these tools to help youth (and adults) be active listeners and receivers of the Word. Some of the primary things that prevent people from hearing are distractions, mind wandering, environment, and disinterest. The tools and techniques to active listening help to overcome these issues are:
We as teachers and preachers can improve our communication and our audience’s ability to listen if we build active listening techniques for our audiences into our sermons and presentations by doing the following:
Using active listening techniques as a part of your teaching methods will serve as hearing aides for your youth or congregation so that they can hear and respond to the Word.
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