Clergy Public Speaking Guide: Improve What You Already Do Well (Paperback)
The "Clergy Public Speaking Guide" is written by a senior pastor who also served as a professor of public speaking at a university. It designed for experienced clergy who desire to improve their delivery of sermons and their ability to connect with their people. Many clergy excel at the content of their messages but may need to gain tools to affect their delivery of the message. Included in the eBook are "The Ten Commandments of Public Speaking" which provide useful delivery tips for clergy as well as the "Self-Evaluation Checklist" to aid clergy to identify areas of strength as well as those in need of work. There are two parts to speeches and sermons: CONTENT and DELIVERY. What is wrought in the one must be woven into the fabric of the other. However, surpassing even those two pillars towers the importance of connecting with your listeners. That may be the most important contribution of the book: to aid clergy to build rapport and connect with their people so that their message is well-received, appreciated and remembered.
John Zehring has served United Church of Christ congregations for twenty-two years as Senior Pastor in Massachusetts (Andover), Rhode Island (Kingston), and Maine (Augusta) and as an Interim Pastor (Arlington, MA). Prior to parish ministry, he served in higher education for more than two decades, primarily in development and institutional advancement, as a dean of students, director of career planning and placement, professor of public speaking and as a vice president at a seminary and at a college. He is the author of more than two dozen books and eBooks. He graduated from Eastern University and holds graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Rider University, and the Earlham School of Religion.