Some churches rely on itinerant speakers, others have a team preaching approach, and many churches have the solo preacher approach. There are some unique challenges that come from being the main or the only preacher in a church. At the BibleFresh preaching event, Stephen Gaukroger offered seven quick comments on what it takes to sustain a long-term ministry as the main preacher in a church:
1. You have to be a long-term preacher – That is, our personal integrity only becomes more important in a context where you preach over a long period of time, so you must be refreshing yourself under God’s Word continually.
2. Preach the Bible, the whole Bible – Don’t pick and mix your favourite passages based on personal or denominational biases, but allow the whole Bible to set the agenda over time.
3. Refresh your approach to preaching – Don’t get stuck in a style or always default to your default.
4. Work harder at multi-dimensional application – Not just to the individual and the church, but also to the society and global needs too. (I would add that application should not just be relating to conduct, but also to belief and affection too.)
Tomorrow I will finish the list, but keep checking the Bible Fresh site as the talk should be uploaded sometime and is worth watching (look out for the quote of the conference about birds and mice!) – click here.