As a preacher I found this information very insightful.
“In a study conducted at Carnegie Mellon University, researchers had test subjects listen to a ten-minute talk. Moments after the talk, only 50% could describe what they had just heard. Within 48 hours, only 25% could even recall the subject matter! This is because the human brain has the capacity to digest as many as 400 words per minute of information. But even the fastest speakers use about 125 words per minute. What this means is that 75% of our brain is probably elsewhere when others are speaking.”
So by consequence, we could easily say that most adults are terrible listeners. Now, the challenge for us as a church is how to become good listeners in a community of faith when we need to listen to others. Developing cross-cultural relationships means taking the time to understand the cultural perspectives, history, and struggles of peoples groups beyond our own.
In short, we must become good listeners.
The goal of cross-cultural interaction is not to get others to think, feel, or become like us; it is to listen and learn from them. One of the most insightful things that Jesus taught his disciples before they were able to “talk” to others, was to be able to “listen” to others.
Questions to reflect: