Author: Ron Graham

Training to Teach and Preach

Bible Reading Checklist
—Do it right, do it well

Public reading of the scripture is a regular practice in many churches. The person given this duty should take it very seriously and prepare for it well. This checklist will remind you of important points.

   PRACTICE —Did I practice reading the passage aloud?

   KEYWORDS —Did I look for key words and phrases?

   STRESS —Did I underline the words to stress?

   PAUSES —Did I put strokes to indicate pauses?

   PRESENTATION —Am I neatly dressed and properly groomed?

   ANNOUNCEMENT —Did I announce the place in natural order (book,chapter,verse)?

   INTRODUCTION —Does the passage need a short introduction?

   VOICE —Am I reading clearly in a natural well modulated voice?

   DELIVERY —Am I reading slowly and without stumbles or stutters?

   EXPRESSION —Am I speaking expressively and with feeling?

   POSTURE —Am I standing naturally, not stiff or stooped?

   HEAD —Is my head up, my Bible held at chest height?

   EYES —Am I reading ahead of my lips so I can look at the audience?