Just to mix up the content on this site, I am dipping into a book by Andy Stanley and Ed Young, Can We Do That? I’d like to share one of their suggestions. “We make the message the first priority of the service – and of the pastor.”
In the busy and complex life of church ministry, not to mention the complex relationships between different interest groups, it is important to remember how important the Sunday morning message is. It is probably the only ministry of the church that has the potential to reach the whole church. It is probably the ministry of the church most likely to reach visitors and guests (and online listeners if you are into MP3 ministry).
Yet how easy for it to slip down the list when it comes to planning the service, or planning your own weekly schedule for preparation. Do we need to take stock and make sure the preaching of the Word is getting the priority attention that it needs to be done well? Are there tasks to be offloaded so that the preacher can be free to preach? As preachers do we need to be more deliberately inaccessible at certain times to prepare properly?
Acts 6:4 comes to mind.