Reader Bishop T.D. Jakes has earned a reputation for being one of the most prolific, dynamic and gifted preachers of our day. So how does he do it? The Potter’s House of Dallas leader is giving away some of his tried and true tips to help ministers of the gospel be more effective in relaying the important truths of the Bible to an audience. “A message on Sunday morning doesn’t start in the pews and it doesn’t start on Saturday night,” explains Jakes in a video recently posted on his Bishop’s Village website. “It starts with respecting God’s word and loving God’s word, and doing your best with the gifts you’ve been given to be excellent at what He called you to do. It’s how I give service to Him.” For those seeking a simple breakdown of steps, the best-selling author of Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose gives away a recipe which he shares with new ministers to help them. Below are the four pointers:
1. Study yourself full: Jakes believes that you must feast on the word of God first and receive enough from its pages personally before you can feed a congregation. “If you don’t study yourself full, you’re not good. You’re not ready to deliver,” he says.
2. Think yourself clear: Asking and answering your own questions about the text, and ensuring you first have clarity of thought is critical, notes the head of the 30,000-member congregation. “If you don’t think yourself clear, you’ve got a lot of facts, but they’re discombobulated, so thinking yourself clear is very, very important,” he says.
3. Pray yourself hot: This has everything to do with seeking God to give you a burning on the inside—a passion—for His word, so you can see its relevancy to your life and connect with your audience. “If you’re not passionate about it, it’s irrelevant,” Bishop states.
4. Let yourself go: When time comes to minister, the charismatic preacher advises preachers and Bible teachers to shake off nerves, loosen up, and give over to the moment. Otherwise, you won’t be able to effectively teach the word of God. “If you’re going to get up and be inhibited, you can’t deliver,” Jakes says.