PREACHING AND PROJECTORS
Effective use can be made of overhead projectors
(OHPs) and PC projectors in preaching. But their bad use can distract
rather than attract a congregation from listening to the Word. Here's
1. GENERAL ADVICE
Prepare your presentation well. Be professional about
If you're using an OHP - laser print your acetates if you
Handwritten presentations can be untidy and difficult to read.
Underline important points with a colour OHP pen. Do this on the
reverse side of the acetate to avoid smudging.
Choose your typefaces, backgrounds and colours wisely -
slides should relate to each other. Don't go overboard with colours,
clipart and typefaces. Keep things simple. The presentation should
serve the preaching.
As a general rule don't use silly or cartoon clipart. Any
picture can distract a congregation's attention from preaching. Cartoon
clipart can contradict serious points. Resist the temptation to be
slick or clever with type or pictures.
Check your spelling and Scripture references carefully.
Test your presentations before using them. This will help
criticise their relevance and legibility. Seek a second opinion.
Prepare a handout for the projectionist so that pages are
shown at the
right time. Microsoft's Powerpoint enables you to print out nine
screens on a sheet of A4 paper.
Don't use too many acetates or slides. Six may be enough
three-point sermon (including the title, introduction, main points and
conclusion). You may need more for a Bible study.
2. SPECIFIC ADVICE
Observe how preachers and teachers make use of visual
aids. Copy their good points.
Don't change the acetates or operate the computer yourself
laptop with remote control). Doing this will divert your attention and
stereotype your mannerisms. Give the task to someone as a supporting
Dale Carnegie advises public speakers: "Don't keep turning
screen to point things out" (Art of Public Speaking). When you do this
you lose eye contact with the congregation. The habit also creates the
atmosphere of a lecture.
Don't turn the lights down or off in order to highlight
presentation. God's instrument in preaching is the preacher - and
people want to see the speaker. Again, the preacher must maintain eye
contact with the congregation.
Avoid the temptation of imitating the popular media in
services. Churches should not be in the entertainment business. This is
fast becoming the church age of floodlit pulpits and music-backed
prayers and sermons! Avoid gimmicks.
Christian web sites can be a rich source of ideas and clipart.
Copyright © 2007 Vernon