I love adding a testimony to my message. I think it makes the sermon totally come alive!
For HSM’s Fall Kickoff this year I taught a message to each class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) and for a couple of them I added a testimony to help give the talk a sense of realism and weight. The two students who shared, Jenna (an incoming freshman) and Bryce (starting his senior year), did an incredible job sharing their hopes and dreams for the upcoming year. I was so proud of them – a couple incredibly mature students!
We don’t always have a testimony, but when we do:
- We give students direction for their story – but not usually too much lead time
- Students have to simply read their testimony on the stage – it is the great equalizer
- All testimonies are edited by someone from the team
- Parents have to be aware of the content and sign off on it being shared