Do I grab the listener’s attention as soon as I start speaking?
Does the talk start where people are (with their culture, needs, problems, issues, questions)?
Does it come on too strong, too fast?
Am I teaching the listener something he didn’t already know?
Am I communicating what God says, not my opinions?
Have I included an introduction of myself and words of welcome to the listener?
Have I included a re-statement somewhere in the talk of either Cobblestone's mission ("loving people into life-changing encounters with God") or distinctives (community-oriented, student-friendly, seeker-aware, outward-focused)?
Have I offered an elementary (but not condescending) explanation of the text that will help even a Bible newbie find it without feeling stupid (as well as avoidance of "church lingo" as much as possible)?
Have I revealed anything of myself in the talk without revealing anything inappropriate? (so much the better if it’s vulnerable, self-effacing, and/or winsome)
Do I interact with my listeners in the talk (e.g., mentioning people’s names, asking for responses, etc.)?
Have I included humor?
Am I being realistic instead of shallow? Will my listener believe I understand what he’s really going through?
Have I touched (not manipulated) my listener’s emotions?
Is my talk focused enough (instead of rambling)?
Have I played a part in meeting a felt need?
Is the “solution” I propose realistic? Life-related? Biblical?
Does the structure of my talk logically lead to the conclusion/application?
Have I left out anything important, crucial?
Have I given clear application for both a seeker and a Christian that answers the question, "OK, what am I supposed to do with this information now/today/this week?”
Have I made reference to how my listener can find further help (e.g., prayer counselors)?
In recent years, a few things have changed (for example, instead of either mission statement or distinctives, we try to include in every message a mention of our mission statement or discipleship strategy, which is summarized by the words "seek, share, serve"). But overall, the questions still serve pretty well.
So what questions would you add or subtract? Or revise?