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Many churches struggle with how to present sermon material to their congregation so that ideas “stick” and make a difference. You can improve the stickiness of your preaching by understanding learning styles and using technology to deliver information that matches how people best learn.
Imagine it is Sunday morning. You, as a teacher, have a one-hour block to present an idea and make it stick. That’s a hard task, so you often present only an overview of an important idea or perhaps you create a sermon series to cover a subject in-depth. Much of what you hope to present ends up on the “cutting room floor.”
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In addition, the majority of what you present is communicated verbally – even if you use videos or slides. These verbal presentations are ideal for the people in your congregation who learn best by hearing. What about effectively reaching those with different learning modalities? What about those who are visual learners or those who learn best through reading and independent study?
If you research the term “learning styles,” one of the key terms you will run across is VARK. VARK is an acronym for Visual, Auditory, Reading, and Kinesthetic. This acronym describes the four main types of learning styles. A learning style is a method people use to process and absorb information.
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Given that everyone in your congregation has a preferred learning style, delivering information that covers each is important if you want to reach as many people as possible.
Most technology used in churches is connected with delivering information as part of the learning process. With this in mind, there are two critical questions we should ask when acquiring technology:
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How is this technology going to improve the learning process?
What specific learning style does this technology help improve?
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Asking these questions will help you acquire technology that has a...
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