3 Communication Traits Pastors Must Practice

Pastors may love Bible study, love God, and love sharing what God’s teaching them, but a lot don’t have good communication skills.

Mark MacDonald  ·  May 16, 2017

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2. Seek to discover and provide solutions quickly.

Out of love comes inquisitiveness. When we love as God loves, we seek out issues that need resolution and we dedicate our lives to helping our audience improve with God’s help. Does your audience have concerns, pains, or goals? Good communicators ensure that they deliver solutions, comfort, and paths to help the people they love.

Many sermons don’t concentrate on clearly converting the Word into solutions. Do the heavy lifting for your audience! You’ve studied the text a lot longer than them. Once God places something into your heart, reveal it as a solution so people will listen more.

3. Tell stories that engage.

Share a principle and some will listen; tell a compelling story and everyone will listen to hear its relevance. Use great storytelling techniques: reveal a Villain, a victim, and discover the hero. Make these characters relatable to your audience and you’ll grab their attention. Be careful of the length though.

Often as communicators, we take too long to tell too much, so we lose the attention of too many.

Tell a short story that leads to something you’ve discovered and they’ll remember the principles longer and utilize them since the stories are practical application.

Let’s commit to GREAT communications. Love your community and congregation; engage them for the Kingdom.


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Mark MacDonald
Is a Bible Teacher, speaker, best-selling author of Be Known For Something, and communication strategist for and the 3000+ churches of the Florida Baptist Convention. He empowers churches to become known for something relevant (a communication thread) throughout their ministries, websites, and social media. His book is available at and
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