Raising and Training Aspiring Preachers in Your Church

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Kevin Larson at The Resurgence wrote a very compelling piece called “Why You Should Raise Up Preachers at Your Church.”  He notes that some church planters (and I would add even pastors of more established churches) fear vacating the pulpit for even a week because they are under the delusion that the church rises and falls on them. 

I found this quote interesting:

Do you feel alone in the struggles of preaching? Let someone else take a stab at it. The old joke that a pastor only works on Sundays won’t garner many laughs as other men take turns wrestling with God and a text and then proclaiming the results to God’s people. Many fear that sharing the pulpit will invite further criticism of their weakness, but generally the opposite occurs. Don’t be so insecure.

While I believe a calling has something to do with fueling preachers to preach 3-4 times each week, I actually have heard this from one of my deacons.  He said, “Bro. Matt, if anyone comes up to me about your preaching, I always tell them two things: (1) He’s preaching the Bible, and (2) would any of us be willing to give it a try.  When you’ve walked in a pastor’s shoes, you then begin to understand His calling.  So pray for him.”  I was so appreciative of that—not because he defended me (I do not feel that need), but because I know his prayers have teeth because he ‘gets’ to a degree what pastors go through.

But back to the original issue.  I had the pleasure of training young expositors as part of my Doctor of Ministry project at Southern.  It was one of the great joys of my life and I’m ready to tackle that again—ready to pour into others regarding preaching and ministry in general.   Not all of these men I trained during my DMin went into the preaching ministry.  In fact, one is now a band director and another is a worship leader (the latter found out through this project that he was not called to preach—but at least he worked through it to see). 

But we must not allow pride and insecurity to be used as leverage to rob others of the joy of ministry.  This has been a slow turn for me, but over the last twelve months, God has released me to see that I need to do more equipping and unleashing.  And it’s starting to take shape with missions, small groups, fellowships, and other areas. 

What think ye?


One thought on “Raising and Training Aspiring Preachers in Your Church

    eric said:
    January 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Who has ears to hear had better listen. Adam/Eve were children themselves (not grown adults as you see in the paintings for centuries). Adam/Eve were prepubescent in the garden of Eden(paradise). They were at the age period when children “knew no good nor evil” (this is where Gods wants all of us). Moses confirms what the Holy Spirit already told me about the “garden of paradise” and the “tree of knowledge”, look to Deut.1:39. The tree of knowledge and heaven are spiritual not physical,there was NO actual,physical tree of knowledge of good & evil (thats folklore/deception). Heaven and garden of paradise(Eden) are synonymous. God resides in the unseen(spiritual) world that created this seen(physical) world, just as your thoughts(unseen world)) create recipes or inventions or music in this visible place(physical world)etc… The tree of knowledge of good/evil is the stage of mankind(man/woman) where they go through a transformation of childhood to adulthood. At this point is when mankind has the opportunity to either believe(obey) in his authority figure or not believe(rebel). Mankind unfortunately through the milleniums have continually chosen rebellion from the beginning. Eve gave into the temptation first not because women are more evil but because females mature slightly faster than males,meaning she came to the crossroads of “obey or rebel” first and failed. Jesus said “humble yourselves like a little child, (bringing you back to the garden when you knew not good or evil) pleading that you realise its your pride that has cast you out! When God cast them out of the garden and said they were cursed it is because they believed in pride over humility,satan over God. Watch people that try to play God or try to play boss or ruler,their idea of kingship is oppressive and cruel. God is full of humility and love. If God was anything like “man” portrays rulership, God would have wiped out ALL of mankind a long time ago. Seek the garden of Eden diligently,ask God to reveal the secret truths that are hidden in those first 4 pages of the Bible. This is what it means to love God with all of your heart,soul and might! I have been shown ten times what ive shared with you but havent the space to do so. so please God bless and studiously seek the garden and you will see.

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