Many preachers never receive any training in their preaching. Sadly, for some, that is due to a lack of available resources. For others, perhaps it is simply habit or an unawareness of their need. By training I am referring to everything from taking a full degree, a complete preaching course, an introductory seminar, a workshop, to studying through a book on the subject, etc.
I was pondering the fact that there are many preachers who only learn to preach by observing others. While this can be a great source of instruction, it is lacking in several key ways. Learning by observing does not provide the learner with feedback, critique and help as they preach. But there is another concern that I’d like to point out today:
Preachers who only learn by observing others preach are limited by the standard of preaching they observe. If the pool of preachers is a relatively closed group (as in most churches or denominations), then this will typically result in progressively degenerating standards.
What can you do to prompt growth in your preaching and help avoid a mass degeneration of standards in your church circles?