People are generally very willing to speak in church. It’s one of the ways we serve each other and grow spiritually.
We also all go through similar stages of emotion as we have this experience. We thought we would present a common scenario to you in gif form.
A member of the bishopric calls you on the phone and you gladly accept the opportunity. Perhaps gladly is an overstatement.
Once you’ve hung up the phone, reality hits. It doesn’t matter how much time you have to prepare, you realize that Saturday night is going to be long and stressful.
After preparing for days, you get to sweat it out on the stand waiting for your turn to speak. This might be the worst part. The only light at the end of the tunnel is that once you are done with your talk you can breathe easy again.
Once you’re finally up at the pulpit, you feel a little shaky at first – but after 10 minutes, it’s over! And you know what, you didn’t do half bad!
You look over the congregation from your seat, and believe it or not, they’re all impressed. Well done!
Now, CELEBRATE! You’re off the hook until next year – if you’re lucky.