I was honored to be included in Nathan Ward’s series of interviews about Gospel Magicians. Each week, he is posting an interview with Gospel Magicians from all over the world. You can watch my interview below and be sure towatch the others HERE
Thanks Nathan for including me! Hope to see you in the UK some day.
Over the years I have certainly heard the argument that Gospel Magic is of the devil…
that it’s associated with witchcraft or sorcery… that we are in league with Harry Potter etc. And for those situations, I have always had with me either a document by Randy Christensen: “The Magical Method”
Just copy and paste the text into your favorite word processor and create a document or brochure you can hand out – be sure to include the author’s name and copyright information.
But to be perfectly honest with you, the biggest complaint I’ve heard over the years from people about Gospel Magic is that people end up remembering the magic and NOT the message. The performer or presenter was a great magician… but had a tough time “Marrying” the Method and the Message together.
The second complaint I’ve heard over the years is that the magic was just a gimmick to get the audience interested in what the presenter had to say…the presenter, then, turned out to be a very boring and/or long winded speaker. In which case, they don’t remember the message and didn’t care about the magic because the audience felt duped into listening.
The reasons I hear this complaint are as follows:
Performers/Ministers Unwilling to Make the Changes
Come on people! WE can do better than this!
We are talking about presenting the Word of God. And the last time I looked into my Bible, it says that if we aspire to teach others the Word, we will be held to a higher standard:
“Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.” –James 3:1
I don’t care if you are a Pastor, Evangelist or a Performer who presents the Word… YOU have be entrusted with the greatest message in the world! Take that as a challenge to your motivation, preparation, presentation, assessment and the willingness to make the change.
Whether you choose to use Gospel Magic or not, there are some things you should be doing in any creative presentation method that will help you to create an experience with your class or audience:
As you tweak your routines or put the finishing touches on a prop; ask yourself:
How am I creating an experience for my audience?
What else can I do to add that little extra ‘whoa’ in the moments that I’m with them?
What will these kids talk about when they leave?
What am I doing to advance my skills as a performer/presenter and ‘experience creator’ so my program stands out? And not just from others… but, from the last ‘experience’?
Be Willing To Face Evaluation From Others
These are vital questions – and they need to be answered if you plan on succeeding as a performer/presenter. No question about it, you’re going to have to subject yourself to criticism and evaluation. Find a coach or several coaches whom you will allow to freely comment on your presentation. Record yourself on video and invite those who are already successful in the realm of children’s ministry presentation to view your presentation(s)… they can help you. Invite also, those who are trained and seasoned in drama and theater to view your presentations and get their insight.
You Have The Potential To Be Amazing
If you love what you do… kids will love you, you will feel very fulfilled at what you’re doing. Put that all together and you’ll be at your best as a presenter. And when you’re at your best – it will show up in your presentations- therefore, it will help you to create a stronger experience.
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Hi my name is Jamie Doyle and although, I am the Children’s Ministry Pastor at River City Church in Lafayette, IN; everything in this blog is my opinion, and is not necessarily the view of River City Church.