This week’s Whiteboard Wednesday is brought to you by Dan Ackerman, Executive Leader for Zeeland Classis of the RCA. Dan will tell you of his recent experience reading middle school literature and the lessons he gleaned from it.
He starts with three observations about middle school literature:
- They have to focus on the story.
With only about 245 pages, they need to unpack characters, the plot, and the whole story. Therefore, focusing on the story is very important.
- They have to be concise.
Again, middle school literature must pack a lot of information with a limited amount of space. Also, this information must be able to match the reading capacities of a wide audience range, from second graders with a high reading level, to adults.
- They are imbued with emotion.
It has to touch the hearts and emotions of its readers. Often, middle school literature can bring its readers to a point where they have to face hard truths, but it does it with a heart of compassion and grace.
So what is the lesson we can learn from these three observations? Just as people love middle school literature for these reasons, people also look for these in their pastor’s sermon.
To see more Whiteboard Wednesday videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel!
Breaking Church Addictions
Believe it or not, church addictions are fairly common. They are probably more common than we would like to admit. GO HERE.
Burnout or Breakout
How can church leaders be effective without sacrificing their marriage, their family, or their health in the process? How can good leaders get stuck churches unstuck without becoming another casualty? GO HERE.
A Biblical, Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in the Church . GO HERE.