In an issue of his Ministry Toolbox, Rick Warren advises, “One of the most common causes of frustration and friction in ministry is that we don’t really listen to each other. Too often we talk at each other rather than with each other.

 

“Research shows that we spend about 40% of our waking hours listening, yet most of the time we’re only listening at 25% efficiency, and that creates many of our problems.”

Rick goes on to offer three “hearing aids”:

“1.  Listen with your eyes – Approximately 80% of communication is non-verbal. Facial expressions and body language usually tell the real story. Look at people when you listen to them!

“2.  Listen with your heart – Be sympathetic. Tune in to the emotions behind the words.

“3.  Make time to listen to the people around you – Tom Peters calls it “Managing By Walking Around.”(MBWA)

“Imagine how your ministry could be transformed if you focused on carefully listening to those around you.”

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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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