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Deep down, every preacher knows that it’s the power of the Holy Spirit that convicts – not the eloquence of the preaching. However, that scriptural truth doesn’t give us an excuse to preach without skill, passion, and conviction. Whether you’re like William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army preaching on a street corner, or you wear a fine robe in a magnificent sanctuary, or you’re somewhere in between, it’s your task and great calling to preach the gospel to the absolute best of your ability. John Wesley said, “Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of ****.”
And yet I travel to church after church watching pastors preach with shockingly little skill and even less passion. The sad truth is that there are too many pulpits across this country filled with preachers and teachers who simply aren’t capable of captivating an audience.
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Beyond the starting point of a preacher’s calling and personal commitment to Christ, there are also practical elements that every pastor should master. And while that list is long, there’s five key mistakes I’ve seen most often during the last year, and here’s how to fix them:
1) Use your creative team. If you pastor a large enough church to have a creative team (or at the least a single creative designer or communications person) then use them. Pastors tend to shoulder the burden of too many things beyond writing the sermon and leading the church. For instance, thinking of a compelling title, promoting a series, writing up something for the bulletin, getting the message out on social media, etc. Bring your creative person or team into the conversation early and let them help. Research indicates the average adult makes about 35,000 decisions a day, and there’s even...
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