A GOOD CHRISTIAN PREACHER WILL BE PATIENT
Finally, be patient with yourself. Give yourself permission to grow. There’s no substitute for time in the pulpit to find your voice, develop your skills, and learn from experience to trust in God’s Word and Spirit. If you’re not the primary preaching Pastor in your church, then find some weekly venue for preaching and teaching, like a youth group talk, an adult education class, or an evening service.
Take the long view of your preaching. Don’t drown in despair because you coughed up a hairball of a sermon. Be humble, retool, and try again.
All young preachers (and old preachers) should tape 1 Timothy 4:13, 15 to their wall: Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching… Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them so THAT EVERYONE MAY SEE YOUR PROGRESS.
Did you catch that last phrase? God is calling us Preachers to show progress to our congregations, not perfection. By God’s grace, I have made progress over the past 15 – 16 years in the public reading of Scripture, preaching, and teaching. And by His grace, you will too. Are you a good preacher? May the Lord help us.