I was reminded this weekend at church how fantastic a panel discussion can be. I know “tried and true” methods like this one sometimes (wrongly) get thrown into the “boring and dated” trash pile.

But if it’s done well, a panel can prove powerful. Varying takes on an important topic provide far more “handholds” for your varied audience – whether those are concrete ways to address the problem of poverty, testimonies from a variety of young adults about seeking God beyond college, or different ways student leaders have shared their faith on campus. Even if you’re the absolute best about including pertinent illustrations in every message you deliver, it’s still hard to touch the practical nature of a panel.

Something to think about working in this fall?