I long to become a better preacher – so I read articles and try to take advice from successful preachers. I thoroughly enjoyed this piece by Bill Hybles, head of Willow Creek, on Growing in Your Preaching. His main points to becoming a better preacher are:
Listen to Great Preaching and Teaching – sounds obvious, as do most of the things he says, but if you want to get better you listen to the best.
Develop your own Unique Style – you are you, not someone else – understand you, what you can, and cannot, do – then do it with all your heart.
Understand the Dynamic of Urgency – Hybels says, “I was repeatedly struck with how the person preaching was talking as though their subject matter was the most urgent issue on the planet.”
Strive for Clarity – when preaching ask yourself, what do I want them to know, what do I want them to do?
The Perspiration Factor – again Hybels says, “It honestly takes me a minimum of twenty hours a week to put together an acceptable message.” Wow, now I know why people listen to him.
Evaluation – asking people who love you enough what they thought of your message – it is painful but if you want to grow well worthwhile.
Live in Union with Jesus – more of the obvious, but the most essential.