How to Become a Dynamic Minister of the Word

By on January 1, 2021

In the December edition, I wrote about how one might use their time during this pandemic to be creative and explore new things. With that in mind, I will be offering a three-week online workshop series in February via Zoom called “How to Become a Dynamic Minister of the Word”. This is open to those who read the scriptures in church, as well as anyone who would like to become more confident with reading in public. The series is free and each session will be 3 hours long. You will have a choice of Monday evening sessions from 6:30 – 9:30 PM on February 8, 15, and 22 or Saturday morning sessions from 9 AM – noon on February 6, 13, and 20.

Speaking and reading aloud in front of people is something most of us have had to do at least once in our lives. For some it is easy and for others it is not. Reading aloud takes skill, and while there are many who can speak clearly with good tone and a pleasant voice that does not necessarily make one an effective reader.  One must also learn to communicate text in an engaging and meaningful way. Have you ever sat in church listening to the readings, and then immediately afterwards realized that you can’t remember what was just read? I know that I have. Was that my fault or was I not compelled to listen? (It was probably a bit of both.)

Over the years, I have developed my craft as a singer, actor, and speech arts specialist, and would now like to share my knowledge with others. By participating in this series you will learn the skills needed to help you to become a dynamic reader. This will include practice in how to present the various literary styles found in the Bible, work on vocal production (including projection and diction), and how to prepare a reading. Most importantly, this will be a “doing” series. Each week, participants will have the opportunity to practice reading in front of the group and get feedback. They will also be given texts to rehearse between classes.

If this series is something that interests you, please contact me at [email protected] or 250-979-8418 to register or for more information. State whether you would prefer the Monday evening or the Saturday morning sessions. Class size is limited to 10 for each so register early.


  • Norene Morrow

    Norene Morrow is the music director at St. George Anglican Church in West Kelowna.

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