It’s a Thursday night at Minot State University. We’re in a lecture hall surrounded by 80 college students who are hungry to follow God and learn more about Him, eager to discover the plans He has for their lives. We’ve sung some worship songs and heard a few announcements … now it’s Jason’s turn to get up and speak.
He knows there’s more at stake here than just ‘finishing this talk’ and getting out of the spotlight. Having an opportunity to share spiritual truth with these thirsty students, he wants to do his best to connect and get his message across. But he’s worried that his nervousness is going to creep up and get in the way of clearly and boldly communicating what God has put on his heart to share.
Most of us probably experience some fear when we’re asked to speak in front of an audience. Anxieties and nerves overtake us and we can’t wait to finish so we can sit down again. For Jason Skjervem, joining staff with Cru and reaching out to college students in North Dakota meant speaking at weekly meetings on campus regularly. “Public speaking is something I’ve never been good at and never really enjoyed, up until a few years ago when it became part of my job description and it became one of those things I was kind of forced into…”
Jason isn’t the only Cru staff member who has felt this way. Keynote noticed this common felt need among Cru staff and others in ministry; we wanted to help. In the spring of 2010, we began hosting an annual 4-day event called “Comm Lab.” The goal was to create a grace-filled environment where Cru staff and others could receive teaching and individualized coaching to help them become more secure and successful communicators. Jason attended the Comm Lab that first spring.
“Coming to the Comm Lab, I was a little bit nervous but really excited to learn different ways to communicate and to share what God has laid on my heart. This week has been phenomenal. I learned how to better enunciate, slow down, take my time, and just really let the Holy Spirit speak through me. The different techniques that we were taught here and the different ways to present what the Lord has done in our hearts have been well, well worth it.”
Keynote will host the third annual Comm Lab at the end of March. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve others and equip them to more confidently proclaim God’s truth. Please pray with us that this would be an effective and helpful event for all who participate.
Click here for more information on how you can participate in Comm Lab.