‘SEEING YOUR AUDIENCE’ TOOL
Text ____________________ Theme/Topic/Big Idea __________________________________
Who will be at the table? In a wider sweep over the crowd who will be at this meal?
More specifically - Who are the 3-4 people I want to have clearly in view as I prepare? Add some biography – what are each of these people experiencing these days?
(Select a range of partakers – varied ages, life circumstances, career focus, faith engagement levels, particular interest or non-interest in the essence of this text)
What would be their questions / doubts about this text and topic?
What would be their thoughts, feelings, struggles, needs . . . related to the big idea or essence of this teaching segment and text?
What have these before me been listening to or been affected by that would distort or drown out the message of this Word? What false narratives are in the way? What would be some cultural or societal lies that mask the truth of God’s Word and the desire of God for them in this text?
What is my sense of what each of these people MUST sense and receive in this “time at the table?” What is my prayer for each of these people?