Dear Influential Pastor,
Thank you for saying "yes" to God's call to church leadership! Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made and are making so others can have life.
"THIS IS WHAT I AM NOT SAYING . . ." is a phrase to use regularly in your messages. The wise leader anticipates the objections, concerns, and anxieties people might have with their teachings. This phrase is part of a strategy to overcome many negative reactions in those who are hearing us.
Let's laugh at this lie: Everyone who does not respond to our messages positively is either not hungry for God or is under the influence of a demonic religious spirit. HA HA HA.
Every effective communicator must find ways to lessen the likelihood of people not receiving what he or she teaches. Core value #3 in my book Help! I Am a Pastor gives us a major key to do this. It is this: I build “bridges” in my teachings to help people move into the deeper things of God – I honor people’s need to understand the scriptural support for what I am saying, as well as my personal testimony concerning the emphasis I am making. When I share truths that challenge old paradigms, I strategically say something like, “This is what I am not saying...”, to help people mentally grasp what I am saying.