For a few years, I was invited to teach a communications workshop for the Christian Youth Leadership Seminar as it did its tour (and continues to do so) through the various campgrounds of the Southwest Region. It worked out well, as I was already there and the like. Because I was working with high school students, and without reliable air conditioning, a lecture or powerpoint was not going to cut it. I opted for games.
Describe a sport without using twenty common words about sports; non-verbally tell us a fairy tale; one word at a time stories. These all work and they all speak to both verbal and non-verbal communication. What’s the ratio of verbal to non-verbal? 1 to 9?
I’m dwelling on this as we get ready for Pentecost. As the story goes, if you’ve heard it before: Peter speaks to an assembled crowd of folks in Jerusalem, and thanks to the workings of the Holy Spirit, everyone understands him—even if they don’t speak his language. The writer of Acts takes great pains to make it clear there are folks who don’t speak Aramaic understanding what Peter said—but then I wonder if there were folks who couldn’t hear him who got the message, too. Or folks that chose not to listen that still saw what was going on.
This Sunday after worship, we’re having a ministry fair. There are a thousand ways to get involved in the life of Midway Hills and the ministries we do that build on and further the Reign of God in Dallas, the U.S. and the world. Some folks communicate their faith through words and speaking out; some through serving and taking care; some through overseeing and equipping, etc., etc., etc. Since we’ve been talking about gifts for five weeks, let’s figure out how we can share them together—and how everyone’s statements of faith in action (and words aren’t always nor immediately necessary?) serve our living, loving God.
I look forward to seeing you then. Shalom y’all,