Preaching less has actually been one of the best gifts I could have given to myself — and my church! That reminds me of the old story of the pastor driving home from church one day. In actuality, I discovered that when I speak less, I do a better job. We now have a teaching team of five capable speakers. We call it our pitching rotation. Once I actually started looking for other teachers, it became clear that they were out there. We meet monthly for training in preaching. We also meet in between services to tweak the message for the next service. We open ourselves up to feedback from others who are in the game.
These strategies have really improved all of us in speaking. One approach has been to ask potential speakers to do five minutes during a Sunday sermon, or one point. I can open up, do the introduction, set the need, and then have them do their five minutes. Then I can come back up and tie things together, recover the message, if necessary. Witness Lee. Preaching with Purpose. Jay E. The Six Deadly Sins of Preaching. Robert Stephen Reid. Engaging Exposition. Bill Curtis.
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About this book. Skip this list. Ratings and Book Reviews 0 1 star ratings 0 reviews. Sometimes this will indeed be manifested in the agony of a member; or sometimes it will be apparent in the response of the church to the human need within the larger community. Because God is a God of justice, it will often be in the concern about injustice that God's Word will be expressed. The same will be evident in acts of forgiveness, healing, generosity, to name a few of these acts. The challenge for the pastor is to discern the word that God is expressing through this particular congregation in this particular moment in time.
The canon by which the preacher seeks to measure the behavior of the church to discern the Word of God incarnate, is the Scriptures. In the Bible we have the testimony to the Word of God as it is expressed first among a people the Old Testament and then in the transcendent person of Christ New Testament. While it may be clearest in Christ, we must not forget that to the great majority of the world, it is the life of the humanity of the church that is seen first of all. We should not expect that the Word of God will be automatically self-evident to the world.
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It needs to be proclaimed in a way that enables both the members of the church and the community that witnesses the church, to recognize what is being expressed in their midst. Pastors need to accept that they are listeners to the Word as well as proclaimers of the Word. They are to expect that it is God proclaiming the Word both through them as they lay the Scripture alongside the life of the congregation and as they seek to articulate what they have heard to the congregation.
They also need to listen for the echo of the Word that is pro claimed as it ripples out over time among the people and rebounds back to the proclaimer. Preachers should never expect that a sermon is finished when it is initially spoken. It continues to work in the life of the congregation, sometimes in the most unexpected ways, and reshape itself to be reproclaimed long after the initial spoken word is delivered.