One of the most important characteristics of a woman in ministry is the ability to establish a one-to-one atmosphere quickly. It is important in mentoring to be sincere. The other person must believe you believe what you are saying, even though she may not believe what you’re saying. Sincerity goes all the way from manners and authenticity to preparation and presentation. Audiences can read a speaker’s integrity.
Closely related to sincerity is learning how to engage one-to-one with the audience as quickly as possible. I don’t want to be a speaker to a mass audience. I want us to connect and be friends. Yeah it’s easier to accomplish this with a smaller group but it can be done with a large mass. Notice how quickly Dr. Billy Graham does this even in a large stadium. He will say something like “You are not here by accident. You are here by the will of God.” Immediately he is one-to-one with them. They are no longer anonymous.
Tomorrow I will share a few practical lessons I have learned which help me to connect in ministry.