Faces are scattered among empty seats. Others are boxed into little squares on a screen. Many are masked.
You may be on a familiar stage but everything else feels so unfamiliar: the room is empty and you’re staring into a camera lens while– as you passionately deliver your talk– the camera guy distractedly scrolls on his phone.
Even worse, when you’re done…crickets.
You don’t know what’s in your peoples’ heads, let alone where they even are. You don’t know what’s landing “out there” and even where this is all headed.
It all feels so awkward, vulnerable, and unsatisfying.
Welcome to the “Phygital” age of preaching.
FORTUNATELY, IT’S NOT THAT DIFFERENT
When Paul wrote, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season…” (2 Timothy 4:2) he wasn’t in a super cushy season either.
When he also wrote, “…to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations…” (Ephesians 3:20-21) God meant our generation too.
So no matter how challenging these times are, we’re not done. Your calling is not over and great leaders like you adapt in moments such as these.
THE PHYGITAL PREACHING COURSE
After twenty years of developing other communicators, Dan Deeble– the Teaching Pastor at Westside Family Church– has curated his learnings, experiences, and insights into a course that promises to:
- Encourage the seasoned preacher who wants to join a community of other communicators, receive fresh inspiration, and be challenged to “up” their game
- Boost the confidence of the developing communicator, bolstering their foundation and competence
- Equip all communicators who must adapt to the phygital age
With a timely emphasis on the new digital demands, this course walks you through a twelve month comprehensive training on preaching through three main areas of emphasis:
- DEVOTED MESSENGER: how do we speak from a place of genuine authenticity, credibility, and a humble reliance upon God and others?
2. DISRUPTIVE MESSAGE: how do we pursue veracity, develop cogency, and bring a holy message that disrupts with comfort and conviction?
3. DOPE METHODS: how do we practice a creativity that shocks people awake, tell stories that become portals of truth, practice a fluency with biblical times and our own, and technically deliver the message in a way that brings the mountains low, the valleys high, and the rugged paths smooth?