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Lillian Daniel

Get Over the Fear of Public Speaking and Testify | Discipleship & Spiritual Practices

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.” —Matthew 5:14-15

My college Spanish instructor’s theory seemed to have merit for me: “In the pressure of the moment, in the pressure of having someone look at you and speak to you in another language, you freeze.”

I was a struggling undergrad trying to get by with a passing grade in a language I couldn’t for the life of me speak or understand.


This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.

About Lillian Daniel

Lillian Daniel is senior minister of First Congregational Church, UCC, of Glen Ellyn, and author of Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony. Her newest book, This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers, co-authored by Martin B. Copenhaver, is a humorous and honest look at the ministry. Her next book, When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough: Finding God in Surprising Places, Even the Church will be published in January 2013.