Presenting a sermon effectively is of prime importance. The content of your sermon may be brilliant, but if it is not presented / communicated in an effective manner, the message of the sermon may be lost. People may be bored, fall asleep, or even walk away and leave. Similarly, a sermon even with the simplest of content can have a powerful impact on people if presented in an effective manner. So, presentation plays a big part. What then are the key things that make an effective presentation? Here are my thoughts on this so far:
Congregation connection. In all possible ways, try to connect with the congregation. Personally, I find that standing still, preaching behind the pulpit throughout the entire sermon creates a 'barrier' between you and the congregation. I much prefer to take the microphone, get in front of the pulpit and stand where the congregation can view my whole body. In this way they are better able to see me, read my body language, better read my expressions. This will help them focus and concentrate on what I am preaching about.