One of the roles I have at the Open Door is to be a prophetic poet. A teacher, a preacher, a communicator of God's Word. I have wrestled for the past few years about this solo role and desired to see a more holistic pedagogy discovered and practiced. People learn in multiple ways and a "talking head" is the worst in terms of information retention (check out the Seven Intelligences Theory and/or Dales Cone of Learning). And even with that we act as if that is our only goal is information retention - not the transformation of the human heart and the church community. Another person who has inspired me to embody a more holistic pedagogy is Parker Palmer who talks about the importance of communal and experiential education. Read anything you can by him!
Anyway... all I wanted to do is to get you to read this post by Jonny Baker who deconstructs the idol of preaching and proposes an imaginative alternative that is communal, creative, thoughful, Bibilical and inspiring - one of the best I have read in some time. It is inspiring me to think anew about my task as a prophetic poet!