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Building Rapport

How hearers feel about the messenger matters.

PreachingToday.com: Mike, what do you do to build rapport with hearers? And why do you do it?

Mike Breaux: There's not a magic formula, and when you ask me that question I think, I don't know. I just kind of do.Maybe that's something the Holy Spirit puts within you. Maybe it's a gift that comes along with the teaching gift. I don't know. The main thing is being yourself, being a person trying his best to walk with Christ. My teaching ministry needs to flow out of the intimacy I have with God. Maybe what the hearer sees is a little bit of Christ coming out of you.

To what extent do superficial things, clothes, words, and so on play into it?

I just try to be myself. I would look stupid in a suit and tie. It's not me. I would encourage anyone to be who God wired them up to be. Don't try to compare yourself with other people or copy other people. When you're feeling free and at ease in who you are in Christ, that comes across to the hearers — that here is a confident guy who's living ...

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