Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mead>>When Listeners Aren’t Satisfied

Peter Mead has a series of posts on “When Listeners Aren’t Satisfied”.  As someone who has struggled with this and too often taken it personally, I found his  series extremely helpful.  Peter begins:

Preaching is complex. Take, for example, the matter of listener satisfaction. If they aren’t satisfied, it could be a good sign, or a bad sign. Likewise having everyone happy may mean something is wrong. So how do we navigate the issue of listener satisfaction, after all, dissatisfaction expressed is seldom water off a ducks back (for most of us). image

He then gives a list of ten “thoughts.” I will list them,but you really need to read his comments under each category. Find the beginning of the series here.

  1. Expressed dissatisfaction is often overstated.
  2. Recognize that tension fired your way is often nothing to do with you or your preaching.
  3. Remember that you answer to God.
  4. Prayerfully process feedback.
  5. Remember that happy listeners may mean sermon failure.
  6. Anonymous feedback is borderline useless
  7. You don’t have to take the hassle.
  8. Strengthen yourself with the biblical giants.
  9. Know your own inner landscapes.
  10. Whatever the justification for the criticism, make sure it improves your preaching!

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