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I want to break the mindset that note-taking is just for school or in a classroom setting. I have always been huge on taking notes, whenever I am in a situation where I am learning something.
As believers, we are hearing tons of teachings every week. From normal church services, Bible studies, conferences, seminars and much more. On occasion we jot something down that sparks our hearing or we don’t write anything at all.
By the time you are done with the service, and grab lunch you have forgotten the majority of what the preacher spoke on. It’s so easy to hear an awesome sermon and the next day not remember most of it.
The famous Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience states:
10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we see and hear
70% of what we discuss with others
80% of what we personally experience
95% or what we teach others
Think of all the great stuff you hear at church. From what Edgar is saying is that you are only retaining 20% of what you hear. Side Note: I do believe that no matter what you remember the Holy Spirit is working on and in you. You may not intellectually remember the sermon, but the “Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
But what if doing something as simple as taking notes can increase our ability to remember more. Wouldn’t it be worth taking notes at church? Let’s look at 4 reasons why you should take notes.
4 Key Reasons to Take Notes at Church
1. Helps you Keep Your Focus – It’s hard to have your mind wonder when you are taking notes. It’s also hard to pick up your phone and check Instagram when you have a pen in your hand. If it’s hard to focus at church sometimes, try note taking. It really does help, unless the sermon is super boring. For that I am sorry.
2. Helps you Remember more information – Dustin Wax shares in his article Writing and Remembering: Why We Remember What We Write.
“When we take notes, though, something happens. As we’re writing, we create spatial relations between the various bits of information we are recording. Spatial tasks are handled by another part of the brain, and the act of linking the verbal information with the spatial relationship seems to filter out the less relevant or important information.”
3. Helps you to process and think through the sermon – When you are taking notes you are actually chewing and processing the information even more than just listening. You are really trying to grasp what is being said. This will cause your brain to remember more on the topic. (Study Smarter, Not Harder)
4. You are able to review and refresh what you learned – When you take notes you can always go back a couple days, weeks, or even years later and be refreshed and encouraged. And from personal experience, you never know how handy those notes can be in your future.
Sermon note taking is really just a win-win. That’s why I created this printable. I actually printed a whole bunch of them and created my own little notebook for church. It’s a handy way for me to capture what I am learning and because it’s created for sermons it has all the areas I need to jot stuff down.
On my printable, you will find an area for scripture, sermon topic, speaker, personal thoughts, notes and more. It’s functional, cute, and 100% FREE. When you sign up to receive the printable you will also get access to my other free printables. It’s like waking up on Christmas day and seeing a ton of presents with your name on them!
As for creating your own sermon notebook with these printable is super easy. Just print off as many as you like. I did about 60 pages, double sided. Create a cool cover and back cover (or use what they have at your office supply store). Head to your local office supply store (staples, office depot, etc…) and ask them to spiral bind it. It only costs a few dollars.
So, take this printable for a test run this coming Sunday sermon and let me know what you think. You are sure to love it! Also, drop a comment below and let me know if you take notes or not!
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Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…