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When I Have Something to Say

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity every so often to speak in front of large crowds of people.  I’m also thrilled to speak to a group of 100 kids just as much, it’s all fun and it’s all different.  Recently, I spoke at the weekend services here at Trinity Church.  I spoke multiple times spreading from Saturday Night all the way to 11:30am on Sunday Morning.  I had a blast, and throughly enjoyed the opportunity afforded to me by my Senior Pastor.

This week, I’m going to share a little about how I prepare to speak in front of large crowds.  I say large crowds, but the size of the crowd really doesn’t matter.  It’s the importance of the message that matters, and whether or not God has it for me to deliver.  Along with all that it takes to prepare a message; I love reading and hearing how others do it.  I’ve always wondered how long out do my favorite speakers prepare, and who helps them come up with creative elements?  And the biggest question I always have for every-week speakers: How do you bring a fresh word every, single weekend?

I travel a few times a year to speak, teach in our Elementary environments once a month, and speak at Trinity about once (or sometimes twice) a year.  I’m not a pro’s pro. I’m just Jonathan.  However, over this week I’m going to cover three things as it relates to public speaking:

1. How do I prepare to speak?  What are my methods and habits to get ready?

2. When talking in front of people, what do I try and always remember to get across?  This will be full of things I’ve picked up over the years from everything between Homiletics and Toastmasters.

3. Where I need to get better.  I’m going to take some time to share what I’m hoping I can get better at in the future.  I’m hoping you share some of these with me.



Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.