Here’s a question for you out there who preach/teach regularly in a church setting (I have in mind primarily pastors, but anyone may chime in!). What is your “policy” on using notes? If you use them, do you use a simple outline or copious notes that cover every jot and tittle of the text?
I have used both very detailed outlines and no notes at all. It really depends on how well I know the text. The problem I run into with outlines that are too detailed is that I feel anchored to the notes, as if I have to mention every little detail on the page. This can lead to dependence upon the notes that may detract from any Spirit-led spontaneity. On the other hand, using no notes at all may force a dependence on my own ability, which is not always so dependable! In light of this, I generally tend toward using a simple outline of major points with only a few major subpoints underneath. There are still times when I don’t use any notes at all, I just teach through the text.
So, how do you handle it?
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