This week I had the privilege of attending the European Leadership Forum in Hungary. This is an outstanding event that seeks to connect ministries and leaders across the continent via various “networks” that meet during the forum, then stay in touch in between. The event was exceptionally well run. A few random thoughts as far as preaching is concerned:
1. Evangelical Christianity is intellectually very robust. This is certainly not the only thing that we can or should say about the faith, but often we feel bullied into not believing this. With strident new atheism on the march, as well as other belief systems, it is easy to slip into a fluffy Christianity that fails to stand for truth or present the evidence for the reliability of the Bible, the reality of the resurrection and so on. I don’t want to shift this blog into an apologetic debate center (there are other sites with that focus), but as preachers it is helpful to be reminded of the robust core of the faith.
2. Leaders need to be reading at a higher level. In the busy schedule of life and ministry it is easy to slip into a low level of personal intake. As a preacher you are an influencer, and therefore a leader, irrespective of title or position. As a leader you need to be feeding on that which is deeply nutritious for your soul. As a leader you need to be, wherever possible, pushing yourself beyond the level of those you influence: perhaps through your choice of reading materials, your level of sacred familiarity with the Word of God, your level of intimacy with the Lord, among other things.
I’ll keep this post short and save some other reflections on the forum for next time. If you were there this week, please comment and share your reflections too.