Reading aloud workshops for Readers

Welcome to our reading aloud workshops! Whether you’re a new Reader, have served many times, or are awaiting your turn, we’re happy to make this resource available to you.  The following 22 workshops range from 15 to 30 minutes and contain timeless principles including:

  • Fundamentals of emphasis, phrasing, timing, etc.
  • Importance of prayerful preparation
  • Scriptural research tips


Overview: Inspiration for reading aloud

Understanding is more essential to reading aloud than any technical training. That said, this workshop offers an introduction to emphasis, vocal tone, and pacing as techniques that allow Readers to clearly convey their understanding.

26 min/ © 1972

Overview: Technique in reading aloud 

Understanding is more essential to reading aloud than any technical training. That said, this workshop offers an introduction to emphasis, vocal tone, and pacing as techniques that allow Readers to clearly convey their understanding.

26 min/ © 1972

01 Introduction to reading aloud

Understanding is more essential to reading aloud than any technical training. That said, this workshop offers an introduction to emphasis, vocal tone, and pacing as techniques that allow Readers to clearly convey their understanding.

26 min/ © 1972

02 Introduction to reading aloud, part 2

Explore the purpose of the church service and how it fits into the larger body of church.

17 min/ © 1972

03 Reading our sermon — how do we approach this?

How does a Reader prayerfully prepare for the service? What’s the relationship between the Reader and the Word? Between the Reader and the congregation? ... Whose work is it? These and other questions are discussed.

24 min/ © 1972

04 An approach to the mechanics of reading

Learn how the mechanics of reading serve the inspired idea. 

24 min/ © 1972

05 Reading expository prose

The purpose of expository language is to explain. Our challenge is to communicate the heart of the message with ease.

20 min/ © 1972

06 Reading narrative prose

Discover how to tell the story instead of just reading what happened.

20 min/ © 1972

07 Getting the basic meaning of the Bible

Get to know 7 resources that help illuminate the Bible.

18 min/ © 1972

08 Phrasing

Classic example: “Woman, without her man, is nothing.” vs. “Woman: without her, man is nothing.” Spoken punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence, too.

19 min/ © 1972

09 What to emphasize

Identify the important words and subordinate the rest so you read as naturally as you explain your own thoughts.

20 min/ © 1972

10 How to emphasize

Learn when to adjust volume, timing, and pitch to emphasize the right words and communicate the fundamental ideas.

19 min/ © 1972

11 Tempo and pause

How long to pause to give your words the most … weight.

20 min/ © 1972

12 Strong and weak forms

Every word is essential, but learn to pronounce each one appropriately so the meaning of the entire sentence is clear.

21 min/ © 1972

13 Pronunciation and other hurdles when reading the Bible

Shewest. Ahasuerus. The Bible has some strange verbs, names, and words by today’s standards. Thankfully, this workshop addresses some of those challenges..

17 min/ © 1972

14 Grammatical analysis

Who did what to whom? Clarify meaning through grammatical analysis. Learn techniques to unlock the long sentences from the Bible and Science and Health.

20 min/ © 1972

15 Reading hymns

Phrasing according to the meaning of the poem, rather than the melody.

20 min/ © 1972

16 Reading contrasts, comparisons, and negatives

When contrasting two ideas, consider the context and meaning before determining which one to emphasize.

19 min/ © 1972

17 Reading questions?

Is there a difference between reading a rhetorical and a yes or no question?

15 min/ © 1972

18 Reading repetitions and series

Diversify, diversify, diversify: learn to vary your emphasis to give more meaning to the same words.

19 min/ © 1972

19 Our Leader’s provision for the Readership

What did Mary Baker Eddy have to say about the Readership? Ideas to inspire.

23 min/ © 1972

20 The Readership: one perspective

Hear lessons and anecdotes from one Reader’s experience.

20 min/ © 1972