Sunday, October 02, 2005
Just from my gut...(2)
I left church, drove to a friend's house to watch football (I don't have cable at home, so I have to mooch off of my friends), and had some more thoughts... I've heard some in the "emergent movement" talk about preaching in terms of jazz music. Here's the idea: instead of having a "canned" sermon, in the "jazz theory," the speaker engages actively with the audience, "riffing" on ideas as they come. The requirement is that the speaker must really know the topic/text and there's a large degree of improvisation. On the other side, you have people like my senior pastor who believe in manuscripting -- that while the Holy Spirit can move in the moment like the jazz things, but he can also move in the same way through the preparation process. Here's my deal -- generally for speaking on main stage I church I move towards the manuscripting idea -- the size of the crowd, the setup of the stage, etc. lends itself toward that model. At The Gathering I generally tend towards the jazz model -- improvising on an idea that I'm pretty comfortable with -- responding to the crowd, adapting to the "feel," etc. Tonight, I was trying to play jazz to a tune that I don't necessarily know very well. Should I have manuscripted? I'm not sure...that might have been awkward. I'll have to think about this for next week.
Posted by charlesdean2 at 9:20 PM