You cannot avoid public speaking as a youth minister. Whether it’s workshops or a part of your regular job communicating a message is inevitable. But, if you want that message to stick you need to do it with authority.
It’s not just what you say, it’s also how you say it. That means knowing how to speak with authority. To build authority and engage your audience you need to:
I was jealous. In my third year of ministry we booked a guest speaker on purity. Everyone was engaged and into it. I couldn’t believe it. I would constantly struggle to get their attention. I wondered, “What was the difference?” He spoke with authority.
It can be difficult to engage teenagers. To compete with what is going on their lives is a challenge. They are constantly told one thing over another and need help sorting it out. Content is important, but it’s not the only thing. If you do not know how to deliver your message with authority no one will listen.
To speak with authority means to have control and command over your audience. In other words people are fully engaged. When they are engaged they will listen. To speak with authority you need to: