Manuscript, Outline, other?

I have been meaning to post something about using my sermon manuscript vs. an outline of my manuscript in the pulpit.  It is actually for me more about memorized outline vs. read manuscript.  I love the accuracy and control of words when using a manuscript, but having the memorized outline in my head seems to give me a greater rapport with the congregation by allowing me to have constant eye contact. The manuscript keeps me from going over on time and prevents "uh" cadences, but the memorized outline enables me to be more free with my thoughts and remain sensitive to how the message is being received (or not received if that's the case).  I'll add more on this later and what works/doesn't work for me, but I wanted to share the great conversation on this topic going on over at The Text for this Week's recent post on this topic.


About John Henson

I am Pastor of Church for the Highlands in the Highland neighborhood of Shreveport, LA. I am also Chaplain of Volunteers of America of North Louisiana. I am husband to Jinny and father to a middle-schooler named Jack. Most of my time is taken up with starting a church, but I love running, a good cigar, and reading what mystics have lived and written. Member of Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
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