Must Reads Classics – Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre by Jana Childers
by Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence on Thursday, December 2, 2021
Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre by Jana Childers is a book that explores the art of preaching as a form of theatre. Childers asserts that preaching is not just about conveying information or doctrine, but about creating an experience for the congregation, providing them with a sense of drama and suspense. To do this, the preacher must master various techniques of theatre such as voice modulation, body language, and the effective use of rhetoric. Childers also emphasizes the importance of diversity in preaching, suggesting that preachers should learn to adapt their style to better engage with different audiences.