Ask Ambrose: Preaching Prep

Person preaching

Q: Anytime I climb into the pulpit to preach for a service I find myself getting incredibly tense. No matter how much I prepare, my body does not feel relaxed, and sometimes this translates into my voice feeling restricted. It seems related to nerves. Do you have any advice on how to relax before and during preaching?

A: This is a great question and a common problem for many preachers. Our faculty consultant for preaching, the Rev. Dr. Ruthanna Hooke, has prepared a brief warm-up just for this purpose that could be used before any service. You can find it here, and I hope it will be helpful to you!