Talking Lots But Teaching Little?

September 2, 2008

“Average teachers don’t discipline themselves…and therefore talk a lot but teach little. Great teachers are as skilled at knowing what should be excluded as what should be included. Excellent teachers eliminate average material in order to focus on superior material…

“How do you choose which elements are most important? There are three shapers of material: first, the audience; second, the time available; and third, the purpose of the class.”

(Bruce Wilkinson, p 239, ‘The Seven Laws of the Learner’)

One comment

  1. Good stuff.

    When time is limited for sr. pastors to prepare sermons sometimes we don’t have the time we’d like to edit and re-edit manuscripts. Conference sermons tend to be superior because one has time to do this process over and over again.

    I think the longer men preach the better they get at what you mention above.

    Thanks for this reminder!

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