People often quip, at least in my country, about having roast preacher for lunch on a Sunday. In our house we are training our children to listen well with a good attitude on Sundays, so we tend to have a quiz together as we digest the sermon over lunch.
Some Sunday lunch quizzes are more difficult than others for us as parents: sometimes the children struggled to listen and remember what was said, sometimes we parents struggled to listen and remember what was said, sometimes we have to navigate around sermons or preachers that didn’t really do so well, and sometimes we have to answer questions when our children start asking about the preacher’s content or demeanour.
Instead of fostering a critical spirit toward preachers, we want to encourage our children to be good listeners with hearts open to what they can learn. As preachers, we need to be continual learners too, looking for how we can be ever better stewards of the ministry God gives to us.
So here’s a question for us as preachers: what would help us to improve? Actually, I’m not asking about the generic class of “preachers” – but specifically, what would help you to improve, what would help me to improve?
I started a poll over on LinkedIn to get a few responses, and have added it to the facebook page too. If you are on LinkedIn, click here to go to the poll and add your thoughts (you’d be most welcome to join the group too). If you are on Facebook, click here to go to the page and you’d be welcome to “like” the page too.
Since I only had five spaces for possible answers, here are the five options that came to mind:
– Further training in preaching
– Further training in biblical studies
– More time for preparation
– More fellowship with other preachers
– More encouragement from listeners
In the next days I will share some thoughts on these needs, and for what it’s worth, I will collate the results at the end of the week. Please do confuse matters by adding other suggestions too, either here or on either networking site.