Preach For Change

This is another installment in my Christian How To series.

I am not a preacher. I have no intention of becoming a preacher. But, I did go to Bible College and I picked up a few tricks about preaching while I was there. Out of the generosity of my heart I will pass those secrets along to you, my readers.

The most important thing about preaching is the ability to not only convince people you are right but to convince them to change based on your good ideas. Although there are lots of things preachers talk about from the pulpit, they mostly all fall under just a few categories. I have created a list of generic topic categories and how, through your preaching,  you can convince people to change in each of these areas. I hope it is helpful!

CATEGORY

APPROACH

MONEY
This category covers a lot, from supporting missionaries, to giving a regular tithe. It just seems that the average churchgoer doesn’t give enough at church and needs a little prodding to get this done.
TIME
Like money, this category is broad. You need the people to give as much of their time as possible for missions, ministries, folding bulletins, or whatever else, but, unfortunately people normally like spending their spare time with family doing fun things.
EVANGELISM
Everyone is supposed to do it. No one seems to want to. Every good pastor knows that it is important to emphasize this requirement for the Christian life. There are literally billions of people who have never heard the gospel.
BIBLE READING
You don’t necessarily want your people reading the Bible all the time or else they may start to question some of your teachings and start to develop their own theological opinions, but for a good showing you have to encourage them to knock the dust off the ‘Good Book’ every once in a while.
PRAYING
Maybe you are reformed and think praying is more about conforming our will to God’s, or maybe you are Pentecostal and need your people to pray with more faith for that jet you need to spread the gospel across beautiful tropical locations. Whatever it is, we all agree prayer is important.
CHURCH ATTENDANCE
This is the end-all be-all of your job. Getting people to come back and fill those seats. If you can’t get them coming back then you are going to be out of work, and how will they know how to live Christian lives if you are not there to hold their hand? Get them coming back, get them to bring their friends, and get them to any and all services you can.

You can read other installments in the ‘How To’ series here:

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10 responses to “Preach For Change

  • Alan Knox

    Slow down! I’m trying to take notes.

    Seriously… good post. I talked to a lady last who was getting married to her boyfriend because her “preacher” had told her that God wouldn’t bless her otherwise. *sigh*

    -Alan

  • Bob McLeod

    I think this would make a great book.

    The Guilt-Driven life.
    Living through fear of God’s displeasure.

    or perhaps..
    How to Scare Friends and Manipulate People.

  • Amber Wilson

    Good post. I think it is very accurate too. Our pastor almost always says at the end of a sermon- now don’t be a normal christian and leave here feeling guilty, cause that is not what the gospel is about.

    We love to feel guilty, because in reality, that puts us in control. If there is guilt, then there is something that I can do/fix to make myself better in God’s eyes. I can go home from church, and make myself a little list with checkboxes for the week labeled, “How to grow closer to God”. Throughout the week I will feel more holy/good as I check one off, or more depressed/sinful as I fail. Food for our legalistic souls.

    So what is the right approach?

    • Dan Allen

      That is a good question.

      I think what you said about legalism in our personal walk applies also to our interaction with others.

      There is no easy answer, no universal solution. Different people are in different places and have different outlooks, so it is impossible to say that THIS IS THE WAY to talk to people. I would say a good guiding principle is to demonstrate love toward everyone we interact with, and to talk to people through that love that we have in Christ, this requires that we don’t “make [ourselves] a little list with checkboxes.” Interacting with people requires us to care about those people at that time, and to care about them, we can’t simply treat them like a checklist. While the checklist method may be easier (in our personal lives, or when interacting with others) it is certainly not better.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • Amber Wilson

    Agreed.

  • Stephanie

    Do I foresee another postcard contest in the future? Or a new t-shirt design? 🙂

  • Stephanie

    Oh! Or bookmarks! You could stick it right in your bible!

  • Stephanie

    50% of all proceeds will go to the Stephanie Allen Fund.

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