It is easy to identify what some people want in the preaching they hear (sometimes they will tell you!), but what, exactly, do they need? Pastors, we should strive as preachers to provide preaching that truly meets peoples needs.
While I think there are other forms of preaching that are valuable and have a place within the life of the church, it is my conviction that expository preaching should be the foundation of the pulpit ministry of a healthy, gospel-centered, Christ-focused church.
Yesterday I spent about 45 minutes talking and praying with one of my current students. He now finds himself responsible for preparing and teaching a message every Friday and Sunday. Here's my advice to him.
I have the opportunity to talk with lots of young pastors each week. One of those pastors in training recently asked me, “If you were my age (about 22) and were studying to be a pastor, what would you do?” Great question!
Although I considered it a bit of trouble at the time, I soon realized that the time investment in sermon planning began to make a major difference in not only my preaching but also the worship services. How do you go about planning preaching?
Like farmers, pastors must know the purpose of their work, and we must be willing to do whatever it takes to produce disciples. Fulfilling the Great Commission is not an option for today’s church leader!
A Pentecostal minister cannot respond to our postmodern world with strategies that deal only with surface issues. Instead, he or she must create new methods of sharing the message without disturbing the essential qualities that make the Pentecostal church Pentecostal.
When you are busy… and we’re all busy… we need principles we hold to in order to simply think, dream, and strategize. I recently shared seven ways that I am trying to implement more brain time into my life. Here they are...