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Preaching from a script

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19 June 2015

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From the Revd Jenny Seggar

Sir, - I read the letter "Doesn't kindle me" (5 June) with genuine sadness. Not all our hard-working and talented ministers are gifted as preachers, and they may have to work very hard at it. Preaching without notes is not necessarily good preaching, and other things need to be taken into account, such as the ability to engage the congregation, relevance, theology and doctrine, and, of course, whether they can be understood.

I have been ordained for nearly ten years, and do often preach without notes, but not always. This is not a fault of my training, more a dyslexia problem that, I and the church recognise, means that I sometimes need a prompt, especially when overworked or tired.

Easing a minister from notes can be more about confidence than ability. As a training incumbent, I tend towards encouragement rather than criticism with those who are stuck to the page.

 

JENNY SEGGAR
The Vicarage, Vicarage Lane
Bramford, Ipswich IP8 4AE

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