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What makes Teaching or Preaching Useful?

About ten or so years ago, I was attending a conference and heard a speaker say something that not only stuck with me all these years, but forever changed my ministry – or at least the way I preach and teach. Before I tell you what he said, a bit of background may help: the speaker was summarizing the conference’s presentations and leading us in what he called a “LESS AND MORE” exercise. It’s a simple exercise, and one you may know: you take out a sheet of paper, draw a line down the center, and write the word “LESS” at the top of the left hand column. Then you write the word “MORE” at the top of the other column. Then you write down, based on what you have heard and experienced, any actions or behaviors that you would do less of going forward, as well as any actions or behaviors you will do more of from that point on. It was sometime during his introduction to this exercise that he said the thing that stuck with me: “ Learning that does not change behavior is n