No Notes, Lots of Notes, Brief Notes
The pros and cons of extemporaneous and manuscript deliverySee theme
The Montagues vs. the Capulets; the Hatfields vs. the McCoys; the House of Lancaster vs. the House of York. Clan spats are not limited to literature, folk lore, or history. Homiletics has its own spat: preaching with a manuscript vs. preaching extempore. Each side has its champions, and each holds its turf with fervor.
This article tries to bring some balance to the spat by adopting Fred Craddock's stance:
Every method pays a price for its advantages. Those who prefer the freedom and relationships available to the preacher without notes will not usually rate as high on careful phrasing and wealth of content. Those who prefer the tightly woven fabric of a manuscript must accept the fact that a manuscript is less personal and its use is less evocative of intense listener engagement. (Preaching, p. 216)
This article describes the pros and cons of each method, as well as some pointers for each. Before looking at the three methodsno notes, lots of notes, and brief notesthree ...