Ed Stetzer on Preachiargism

The article is Ed’s, but the new word is mine.


It is an epidemic in my opinion. There are a lot of pastors who are so busy doing everything except studying God’s Word that they rely on others’ messages.

There’s nothing wrong with vision casting or leadership or management or going to conferences, but the Apostle Paul said:

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, [Ephesians 4:11-13, ESV]

And when confronted with all the other things they could have been doing, the apostles told the church:

And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” [Acts 6:2-4, ESV]

This tells me that there is something wrong if a pastor/teacher/minister is more focused on any other aspect of “church” that he has to short change preaching. We all rely on each other as resources, and certainly we can borrow from one another from time to time, but I think we do a great injustice when we borrow wholesale from others because we don’t “have the time” to do the necessary preparation to preach.


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