What if your sermon was like a TED talk?

Interesting question posed over at Churchm.ag: As my wife and I dug into several TED videos, it hit me: “Why aren’t sermons like this?” I think it has more to do with the format than anything else, so I took a look at TED’s rules for speakers and here’s some food for thought:

  • No talk can exceed 18 minutes in length.
  • Speakers must tell a story or argue for an idea. They may not use the TED stage to sell products, promote themselves or businesses. Every talk’s content must be original and give credit where appropriate. Speakers cannot plagiarize or impersonate other persons, living or dead.
  • Speakers must be able to confirm the claims presented in every talk…
Exactly. I like how Andy Stanley states it:  Truth needs to have handles. Ted talks have handles. Most sermons do not. And I’ve found from my work with the NINES, that great messages don’t need to be 50 minutes long. They can actually be nine minutes.  Or five. We work with the time we’re given. And we can, most of the time, make that time work. Most speakers really SHOULDN’T have 40 or 50 minutes. Some shouldn’t have 18. What if you tried to shave 10 minutes off your sermon this week? What would that accomplish? Could you make your message BETTER?  Could you cut some of the fluff? Would you truth be able to have MORE handles rather than less? Thoughts? Todd