Preaching the good news is at the core of most licensed and ordained calls to ministry. And it is as unique as each person who is called to it. But where do women find women who can serve as mentors or models in the task of preaching? That is our question this week:
OK, I would really love input on this question. Where does one find another FEMALE pastor to help a new FEMALE preacher get her sea legs? I ask this because while I got great reviews from my professors in homiletics, I have been getting slammed by my male coworker who tells me to do things that are not possible for a female voice to do - such as - more of a vocal range in pitch (hello - I'm female. I can't do low and gravelly and if I go too high, I sound shrill.) I know things are different in the "real world" of ministry... but I guess I need ideas on where to find a variety of preaching women. Do any RevGals have MP3s up that I can download? Or does their church need a little "donation" to send me CDs? I'm willing to do that.
My former vocal coach (I took speech in college) told me that my diction is excellent and her only critique was my rate of speech gets too fast. So I have worked on varying my rate of speech. I think this is a question of a model - being able to hear how other women preach. (not televangelists... ugh. Besides, I look dreadful in false eyelashes. hee hee)
Truthfully, I will listen to MP3s of anyone. Suggestions? I'll buy/download/beg/borrow/steal. I've read books written by female preachers, but not heard them deliver. And that's what I think I need -- I need some models to listen to... real life preeching women!!
A Preecher Woman
Ruth, who blogs at ‘Sunday’s coming!’ was the first to "ring in"...
Would love to give practical help – but we’re low-tech cassette-tape people in my neck of the woods. BTW I hate hearing my voice recorded - ‘do I really sound like that??’ - but I get good feedback from people that they find my voice reasonably varied and easily audible. I think one of the secrets of vocal range is about being more relaxed – I know my voice gets much ‘flatter’ & restricted the more nervous I am.
It’s interesting that browsing around on the internet I could find hardly any MP3s of women preachers – are we all shy?? Or just buried under tall he ‘women shouldn’t preach’ rhetoric.
But this site has some http://www.stjohnsottawa.ca/
Is it possible to team up with a real live woman preacher to do some vocal work together? - I think we all need positive encouragement – especially about something as personal as your voice.
Our newest matriarch, Jennifer, who blogs at An Orientation of Heart, adds this...
Dear PW: I think you’ve offered some good suggestions—perhaps there are some RevGals out there who would be happy to include you in their media ministry by sending you cds,dvds or mp3s! A good source of homilies videoed can be found on 30 Good Minutes. Click on the sermon archives. You can check out all sorts of women and their styles on that good show. In the meantime, I’d invite you to embrace the great feedback you’ve received from vocal coaches and homiletics professors and continue to do what you’re doing. Perhaps a slightly slower delivery will be all that’s needed. I think it’s terrifically important to preach your own words in your own voice. Blessings to you!
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