The Art of Teaching

One of the significant marks of a prevailing church is strong teaching. People outside the church are convinced that the Bible is out-dated, boring, and irrelevant when it comes to their personal lives. So how do we bring life-changing messages to the people in our church? How do we convince them that they should build their lives on God’s Word? John Ortberg shares insightful and practical ways to hone your gift of teaching in this weeek's free download, a talk he entitled, The Art of Teaching. He shares from the wisdom of scripture and experience that will benefit both the new and seasoned teacher.

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You might be tempted to skip this resource because you are not regularly responsible for the teaching in your church but this talk is for everyone! I would encourage you not to miss it. John brings insights into the gift of teaching that are transferable to other gifts and areas of life. If you choose, his thoughtful and challenging words will stir you to go deeper in your personal relationship with God and will bring growth to your ministry.

Think about the power of teaching in your own life. Surely there was a time that a particular message reached into your heart to change your life. Or perhapw powerful teaching changed the life of someone you know. If so, we'd love to hear your story.

John Ortberg will be one of the featured speakers at the Willow Creek Association’s 2007 Leadership Summit. He is a highly acclaimed writer and speaker and is the senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the best-selling author of many books including, The Life You've Always Wanted, God is Closer than You Think, Everybody's Normal 'til You Get to Know Them, and the August 2007 release, When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box. He served as a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church from 1994 to 2003. He is known for his ability to craft messages reflecting the highest levels of theological and intellectual thought, while remaining understandable and applicable to listeners at all stages of their spiritual journey.


LeadHership said...

Dec. 24, 2005, at 9pm, my church kicked off our very first multi-site campus. We nearly killed ourselves preparing for this day. We optimistically and genuinely looked forward to a packed house in Doral, FL. 10 people showed. But Troy talked about God in the sense that He "repels" into our lives with a rope to rescue us & had a rope drop from the ceiling. For the salvation invitation, we extended a rope across the entire front of the stage. 2 people came fwd. to hold onto "the rope that JEsus repeled for them." My husband's mom was one of the two. She is going to heaven today because of a simple Gospel parable from that night. I'll never forget the power of parable & that Jesus gave us full reign to teach this way.

stephen said...

hey, pam. just found the willow arts blog. glad to see you posting on here...

i think i'm missing something. you mentioned a resource in this post. what's the resource?

Pam said...

Heather - this sounded awesome! Of course not the fact that only 10 people showed up but the whole illustration & the fact that 2 people accepted the invitation and now know Christ! God is good! And thank God for pastors and people like you and your team who work to make the message of Christ real and something they can 'hang on to!'



Pam said...


I apologize, it appears as if a draft of the post made it to the site & not the final. How embarassing!

While our team is trying to correct our error, I will try and get you the resource.

Would you send me your email address? Here is how to reach me?

Just in case you didn't know, most weeks we offer a free resource on the blog site and monthly in the Equip e-newsletter.

So sorry about the inconvenience.