Eight Principles of Public Scripture Reading

These are some notes from my “Worship Leadership” class that I took in seminary (taught by none other than the great Dr. Bruce Leafblad):
1. Read at a pace that will help the hearer to grasp the message of the passage.
2. Practice the reading aloud until you have eliminated the “stumbling” from your delivery.
3. Make a conscious effort to help the hearer catch the proper emphases in the passage.
4. Learn to use the pause effectively.
5. Be convinced of the importance, relevance, and value of the passage for yourself and for the congregation.
6. Read with sincerity.
7. Make a conscious effort to complement the beauty of the passage by reading with appropriate tonal shading.
8. Reflect the emotion inherent in the passage.