Item description for The Power of Multi-Sensory Preaching and Teaching: Increase Attention, Comprehension, and Retention by Rick Blackwood...
Overview Here's how to move from non-sensory preaching/teaching to multi-sensory communication to increase attention, comprehension, and retention. Includes examples, tools, and worksheets.
Publishers Description Most preaching and teaching in the church engages only one of the senses---hearing. In The Power of Multisensory Preaching and Teaching, Rick Blackwood shows how recognizing and engaging the multiple senses of the congregation can lead to greater impact.Blackwood presents both biblical evidence and scientific research showing that the more senses we stimulate in teaching and preaching, the greater the levels of learner attention, comprehension, and retention. Blackwood addresses both the 'why' and the 'how' of multisensory communication. Regardless of one's current skill level, this practical book can help anyone add multi-sensory elements to messages in order to take communication to the next level---more compelling, clear, and memorable. As a result of reading this book readers can be more effective as a communicator and teacher. The book includes tools, examples, and worksheets.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2009
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310280974 ISBN13 9780310280972 UPC 025986280970
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More About Rick Blackwood
Rick Blackwood (DMin, Grace Theological Seminary; EdD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship in Miami, Florida, a large and growing multicultural congregation comprised of more than seventy nationalities. Christ Fellowship has been listed in the 100 Fastest Growing Churches in America. Prior to his ministry in Miami, Rick served churches in North Carolina. Rick lives with his wife and two children in Miami.
Rick Blackwood was born in 1956.
Spanish Language Biography: Rick Blackwood tiene un doctorado en ministerio del Seminario Teologico Grace y un doctorado en educacion del Seminario Teologico Bautista del Sur. el sirve como pastor de la iglesia Christ Fellowship en Miami, Florida, una de las congregaciones de mayor crecimiento y diversidad compuesta de mas de setenta nacionalidades. Rick tambien es autor del libro El poder de la predicacion y Ensenanza Multisensorial. Antes de su ministerio en Miami, Rick sirvio en iglesias de Carolina del Norte. el, su esposa y sus dos hijos residen en Miami.
Reviews - What do customers think about Power Of Multi-Sensory Preaching & Teaching?
Fascinating discussion of how we communicate and learn May 11, 2009
I bought this book after installing a sanctuary projection system in our church which resulted in immediate attendance growth. It helped explain how people learn through multiple-sensory inputs rather than by verbal input alone and how to communicate more effectively. Gone are the days when a preacher or teacher, in any setting, could simply stand up and talk, without the use of audio-visual aids, props, or stories. Preachers have told stories for generations, which engage the imagination and create mental pictures, but today's growth in technology, in particular, has opened up a plethora of new possibilities. Church preaching and teaching that takes account of this will be much more effective as a result. That said, Blackwood's techniques are most easily adapted to non-denominational churches with less structured services, which allow more innovation and creativity. However, even traditional, more formal churches, such as my own, can incorporate these insights and see their ministries improve and become more effective in communicating the gospel.
San Diego Pastor Apr 3, 2009
Over the past few years I have been on a slow transition from traditional church preaching to a form of preaching that engaged the congregation. This book gives solid biblical and even scientific reasons for multisensory preaching. It is clear the God has given us more than one way to receive information and we would be wise to use each of these senses to get the most important message we will ever hear across. Dr. Blackwood's book has helped me to make that transition and solidify my convictions on multisensory preaching. Dr. Blackwood's book also gives outstanding examples and makes it easy to begin the process. I have already started hearing phrases in my church like "You really got my attention with those props" Or "Your new form of preaching has really made the point of the message clear." Above all I appreciate Dr. Blackwood's conviction to preserve the integrity of the biblical text.
This book is appropriate for any teacher or instructor Mar 9, 2009
Dr. Blackwood obviously has a passion for reaching his audience. As a Sunday School teacher, I know that it takes varying techniques to get the kids into the lesson, not just the lesson into the kids. In this book I found so many tips and ideas that I decided to start over and take notes as I read! Grabbing audience attention is what it's all about. Kids get bored quickly, so we have to excite and challenge them in the first few minutes. Visuals are great for that.
This book is not just for preachers and Sunday School teachers, though. As a software instructor, I face many of the same challenges in my professional classroom as Rick discusses in his book. Boredom is a constant issue. When people sit still for long periods of time, their minds wander or they lose focus. Starting with a plan is critical to ensure a high-quality outcome. Rick's Multisensory Implementation Steps is now the way I plan my lessions. I've begun incorporating unexpected and/or unconventional methods in my training sessions -- with fantastic results.
Show and Tell isn't just for grammar school! Rick discusses "Show and Tell" time in his book. I read and re-read that section because the concept is just brilliant for reaching everyone.
I'm not a member of Rick's congregation, but I have had several opportunities to hear him preach. God has given this man a true gift for reaching people. This book is Rick's way of sharing his gift with you.
I Didn't Want to Put it Down! Jan 15, 2009
Many books I start to read, I can hardly wait to put them down. Not Rick Blackwood's, "The Power of Multi-Sensory Preaching and Teaching." I didn't want to put it down once I started.
This will be a helpful book to anyone who desires to communicate the gospel. Blackwood makes an exceptionally good case for invading all senses in the communication process. This is must-reading for every communicator, preacher or teacher.
The material will be challenging; however, Dr. Blackwood's easy writing style and consistent knowledge of the subjects make you say, "I can do that!" I am in my 53rd year of preaching and I closed this book wishing it had been written much earlier. No matter your preaching style or technique, this book will assist you in communicating our most wonderful story: Jesus is alive!
Buy this book!
Dr. John Sullivan, Executive Director-Treasurer Florida Baptist Convention
A Must Read Jan 11, 2009
On the first page, "Do you consider yourself a good communicator or a great communicator? If you consider yourself a good communicator, would you like to elevate to great? If you are already a great communicator, would you like to raise the bar to phenomenal? Imagine teaching the bible with such captivation that people "sit on the edge of their sits" with interest. It is called Multi-sensory Preaching and Teaching because it utilizes the power of all senses when preaching the Word."
Basically, this book recognizes that a congregation is filled with all types of learners; auditory learners, visual learners, and interactive learners. It explains to the pastor/teacher that we should not only preach monsensory (hearing only), but we should preach multisensory (hearing, seeing, smelling, and touching.) The author wrote, "The content will NEVER change, but the delivery techniques should change for deeper impact."
To give you an example of what the author is arguing for, this is how he teaches the Word now, as oppose to seven ears ago when he taught lecture only. He will not only explain an illustration in detail (for the auditory learners), but he will also show a visual (for the visual learners) and/or give the congregation an interactive element that relates to a truth in the message (for the interactive learners). Just think of the times that you read about the crucifixion or heard about it, now compare it to when the Passion of Christ came out and you saw it, and it showed you a visual of His love for us. I know, that movie gave us a visual of a deep theological truth, namely that Jesus loves us enough to be crushed by the Father so that we might have life, and have it to the fullest.
The Multi-sensory effect is the more senses you stimulate as a teacher, the higher the levels of audience attention, comprehension, and retention.
Verbal clarity + Visual aids + Interaction = Maximum learning
Only the Holy Spirit changes people and makes them fall in love with Jesus and show them their sin. The author just wants to make sure everyone in the congregation "gets it" and understands clearly that they need to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. I loved the book and I hope this review has convinced you that we all as pastors/teachers need to work on the gift that God has given us and move from good to great to phenomenal teachers of the Word.