Preaching as performance art

PreachingIn a recent Leadership Journal article, Clayton Schmit, professor of preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary, wrote that effective preachers approach the craft of preaching as “performance art.” Here is part of what he wrote:

How can preachers present the gospel message to their listeners without getting in the way? How can they communicate the Word of God in such a way that it wins a hearing? There are many answers to this question, and they relate to the multiple skills preachers learn in their theological education: understanding of ministry context, knowledge of Scripture, theological discernment, development of pastoral wisdom, and more. But there is one component that is often overlooked: preaching is performance. Preachers bring their messages to life in the hearing of God’s people when they understand that preaching is a type of performance art.

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