Tuesday is for Preaching
I have been running into a surprising number of layman recently whose cry is depressingly similar. In Chicago, here in the suburbs, in Indiana, in Michigan, downstate in Illinois and now, in South Carolina and I keep hearing the same thing.
- “My pastor isn’t teaching the Bible.”
- “My pastor doesn’t preach the gospel clearly.”
- “My pastor doesn’t seem to have any energy or passion in his preaching.”
- “The leadership of my church doesn’t seem to understand what their job is. They don’t seem to give priority to teaching the word of God.”
- “I need my pastor to teach theology. I want him to study hard and tell me the truth.”
- “Marty, tell the guys you are mentoring that we need them to feed us meat. We need to be challenged. We need substance in their thought. Tell them to stay in their study and pray.”
The surprising thing is that all of the people that have said these and similar things attend evangelical churches that say they believe the Bible. So, all you church planters, missional leaders and pastors out there: here is my attempt to help you do your job better based on what I am hearing from the rank and file in your congregations. Here are a few links to previous posts that might be of some help:
Work hard guys. You only have to please one audience. Preach for an audience of ONE. He is your Lord. Please him and your people will grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. Doing your job will not always win you friends, but it will win you a “well done” from the Sovereign of the Universe.