Planter, Become a Better Preacher

The Gospel Coalition | 1/30/2018 | Staff
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John Stott confessed to being “an impenitent believer in the indispensable necessity of preaching both for evangelism and for the healthy growth of the church. The contemporary situation makes preaching more difficult; it does not make it less necessary.”

Statements like that resonate with pastors who are responsible for the pulpit. It reminds them of the glad and weighty burden of preaching, particularly as it intersects with the health and growth of the church. Even a cursory reading of Acts reveals preaching as the vanguard element of Paul’s church-planting strategy (Acts 9:20; 13:5; 13:16, 44; 14:1, 6).

Issues - Leadership - Structures - Cf - Titus

This isn’t to say other foundational issues, such as organizing leadership structures (Acts 14:22–23; cf. Titus 1:5), were unimportant to the apostle; it simply highlights the primacy and priority of preaching in planting churches.

Indeed, I would argue preaching is the sine qua non of church planting. While there are many things a young church can overcome in order to establish itself, poor preaching isn’t one of them. A weak pulpit ministry is almost always a recipe for congregational demise. Good church plants need good preaching.

Things - Church - Plant - Order - Preaching

While there are many things a young church plant can overcome in order to establish itself, poor preaching isn’t one of them.

While there are many reasons for this view, I will highlight two: the first related to those outside your congregation, the other with those inside.

Newcomers - Church - Basis - Preaching

Newcomers will evaluate your church primarily on the basis of the preaching.

Speaking pragmatically, conventional wisdom says that in order for a church plant to better reach contemporary culture, it must have the trifecta of good preaching, good music, and a good children’s ministry. This is not to say you must like that answer (I don’t particularly), but things become truisms for a reason.

Heed - Kind - Thinking - Sellout

Giving heed to this kind of thinking doesn’t necessarily make one a sellout. It...
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