As Christian communicators, we don’t need to be speaking to twenty people or a full auditorium to make an impact. In fact, we don’t need to be doing all of the speaking to be known as a meaningful speaker! An impact filled moment can take place in small groups or even in a one-on-one exchange where we as the official speaker do little speaking. 

I’ve found with large or intimate groups, I receive more positive feedback as a speaker when I create a comfortable environment and establish a platform for every one to have an opportunity to speak.  Here’s an example:

 Hosting a mid-morning tea at the end of my ladies’ Bible study in the fall and spring is a pleasure. There can be as few as 12 women or over 30 sitting in my living room balancing teacups and treats. 

 After we have sampled the sweets and sipped a couple of cups of teas, I ask an ambiguous question. Usually, I’ll be the first to answer with my own story to put the ladies at ease. Yet on occasion, I’ll call on one who I know has an insightful answer to share. 

One question makes for a delightful and informative platform is “What did Jesus do in your life that you would like to brag about today?”  Another question that women of God enjoy answering is, “When did you feel you were under a deluge of Christ’s love?” I like answering this one: “In your life, where has God taken your weaknesses and made you strong?” Every woman has a story to tell. 

 So often, it’s the women who’ve not shared much during the actual study who open up. They’re the ones moving us to both tears and laughter. These quiet souls seem to lack the confidence to speak-up, but they can! They did! They just needed the space and a set-up to voice their experience, passion, and praise. 

 Let’s remember when we’re the official speaker at an event, regardless of size or setting, unexpected blessings await when we give others the opportunity to share the spotlight.  We can be meaningful messengers without doing all of the talking. 

 Serve on!

Carolyn

 Do you have any tried and true questions that you have found that brings God praise and cause people to speak up?  If so, would you please share with us in the comment box below? Thank you.

 

 May all who seek You rejoice and may those who love Your salvation always say, “Let God be exalted!”         ~   Psalm 70:4

 

12 Comments

  1. 3-28-2012

    Great point, Carolyn! In CCC graduate Shannon Mullins’ online Bible study (http://shannonmullins.com/online-bible-study/), Shannon recently pointed out that when we struggle with situations, we need to look back and recall a time when God was faithful. That will assure us that He will be faithful again.

    So perhaps a good question would be, “Would you like to share a time when God was faithful?”

    Thank you for reminding us to make it easy for everyone to participate and share. :-)

    • 3-28-2012

      Your suggested question is going down in my journal of questions. Thank you for adding to my list of good questions to give others a speaking platform.

      Shannon’s Bible study is a blessing to us all. Her insights are encouragers in our walk with God.

      Share on!

  2. 3-28-2012

    Maybe, “Looking back on a “time-line” of your faith journey, can you now identify the presence and working power of God when maybe you could not feel it while you were going through it?”

    It is a good exercise to phrase questions to challenge thinking!!
    Thanks, Carolyn

    • 3-28-2012

      Marchia, this is a great suggestion. I like it.

      I can envision a purpose board that shows a person’s faith journey. This activity would help them in writing their memoirs.

      Thanks for sharing.

  3. 3-28-2012

    Carolyn, one of my favorite questions to ask at a bible study setting is: ” Was there a specific scripture that opened your heart to what God is saying to you right now”. Sometimes, according to size or type of group, scripture feels more safe for those reluctant to share details.
    Thanks for the post, Carolyn!

    • 3-28-2012

      A perfect question that is a keeper.
      Thanks for sharing this one with us, Glenda.

      Question on!

  4. 3-30-2012

    A question I have found to have good response is, “How or where have you seen the evidence of God in your life this week?” I teach about learning to recognize His Presence. When we learn to “open our eyes that we might see”, God shows Himself in the ordinary moments of our lives.

    • 4-1-2012

      A great question, Nan.
      I would love to be under your teaching to continue growing in seeing God in everyday living.
      Teach on!

  5. 3-30-2012

    What are the spiritual markers or “memorial stones” that you reflect on when facing new challenges? How has God proved faithful in the past?

    Jeanne

    • 4-1-2012

      Two new treasure questions for meaningful moments to share.
      Thank you for sharing, Jeanne.
      Speak on!

  6. 3-30-2012

    Speaking is just one form of communication. Listening is the other half. I agree an impact can be made without a verbal manifesto. Sometimes simply letting another know you have “been there” as well can make all the difference.
    Words have power. They need to be chosen with care.
    Kathy

    • 4-1-2012

      Your wisdom is showing, Kathy.
      A simple nod of the head can speak loud enough for one to continue to share their heart.
      Care on!

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