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Great Preacher or Great Pastor

What would you rather be…

A great pastor….

Or a Great Preacher?

Yeah, I know you want to be both..

But what if you had to choose one?

A great pastor is going to mentor and disciple folks to help them become better representatives of the most high God.

The great preacher is going to provide messages that are like time bombs to blow up in the minds of the people…they blow up messages of hope and power right when the hearer needs it…

A great pastor is loved by the people and when the people need somebody to stand beside them in life’s struggles…they call the pastor…

A great preacher is loved by the people as well..and when a word of hope and power is needed…they pop in the tape or turn on the mp3 player to the preacher’s message…

In the final analysis…

God sends the great pastor…when the great pastor is needed…

And God sends the great preacher…when the great preacher is needed…

So which is better?

Both are needed…and both have their place…

And if you are a great preacher….be the great preacher God called you to be…and go head and work on those pastoral skills…

If you are a great pastor…be that great pastor…and yes work on those preaching skills…

The historic Black pastor and preacher helped us through the pains and hurts with a combination of pastoring and preaching and mentoring..and advocacy skills that allowed a people to make it through what they couldn’t make it through otherwise…

And that’s what my work is about….

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Sermon Is The Key To The Worship Service

The sermon is the key to the worship service. People like to hear the music and sometimes it can sooth in ways that only music can soothe.

Sometimes prayer touches us in powerful ways. But the key is the sermon. Think about that for a moment. 200, or 100, or 50, or 10000 people sit in front of you to hear a word that is desperately needed this week.

They have come to hear what God has given to you to give to them. Yes, we must spend a lot of time thinking through and planning the rest of the worship service, but we cannot forget how important this word from on high is to your hearers.

My God, My God, Why….?

On the cross Jesus uttered a fascinating sentence. We find it in Matthew 27:45-46, Jesus said “My God, My God, Why has thou forsaken me?”

If you have been in the church for even a short time you have heard this quoted. Perhaps you have even heard sermons on the subject, but have you thought about that text and what it means about Jesus and what it means for us who find ourselves attempting to preach on this weekend?

Here is Jesus, who the Father calls God in Hebrews 1:8. That Jesus who is fully God is also fully connected to humanity. A connection so strong that he yelled out the cry that we also find in Psalms 22. A connection so strong that he could feel forsakenness.

Three Steps to Effective Assistant Ministers

PastorI have been an assistant for much of my time in ministry. Some pastors have treated me with the utmost respect. I have seen other pastors who treat their assistants almost as slaves, giving them the least desirable jobs and neglecting acknowledgment of the work that they do.

Senior pastors should note that they are not the only ones who are giving their time and energies to the church. Many of these assistants are in part time situations sometimes they are not even be paid at all. But these assistants finish their work in industry and then come to ministry to seek to give their talents to God.

There are, in my estimation, three steps that a senior minister must follow if that minister is to have effective assistant ministers.

Prophet or Orator?

Emotional businessman praying in hopeIn the book Sacred Art: Preaching and Theology in the African American Tradition Olin Moyd quotes Peter T. Forsyth who said: “The Christian preacher is not the successor of the Greek orator, but of the Hebrew prophet. The orator comes with inspiration the prophet comes with a revelation.”

Oratorical Talent Alone is not Preaching

Forsyth is reminding us of some preachers who think that they can get away with oratorical talent rather than Spirit lead inspiration. We all have seen some great orator-preachers. They can elicit a smile, laugh, or cry at exactly the right time. Every word is exactly perfect. The voice is a booming baritone that reminds one of James Earl Jones. The “Hallelujah” or the “Praise God” is always in exactly the right place. The messages may “inspire” but they don’t push us to change. They don’t even ask us to change, they are too busy patronizing us in our sin. They may make us feel good for a little while, but they don’t confront our society or us individually with the in breaking of the Kingdom of God.

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