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Many pastors are comparing worship attendance, baptism numbers, budget size, and ministry “success” with their peers, and, in the process, they are missing the grace gifts the Lord is pouring in their laps day in and day out.
Here are five characteristics I believe it takes to be an effective in both worlds.
Lately I’ve been studying some of my favorite preachers: Martyn Lloyd Jones, Jonathan Edwards and Charles Spurgeon. All three saw revival in their own days and were known globally for their powerful, biblical preaching.
Each of them structured their sermons the exact same way.
No matter the size of the audience, engaging speakers share these traits as a common denominator, and we can all learn from them, whether we are on a church staff or a church leader in the congregation.
The CIA recently declassified its “Simple Sabotage Field Manual“, which was used in World War II to sabotage operations (1944). A friend pointed out that on page 28, section 11 titled General Interference with Organizations and Production, strangely resembles the strategies of baptists in church meetings and decision making processes.