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The Spiritual Importance of Becoming an Emotionally Healthy Preacher

Key issues to address as we look beneath the surface

All preachers know that we need to prepare our souls to preach, but what exactly needs to enter into that preparation? Obviously it is not enough simply to punch the clock in prayer for a certain period of time, so what should we pray about? How do we discern the condition of our own souls? In this ...

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chuck lewis

February 12, 2015  8:17am

In or performance driven culture it can be difficult to preach without performing, posing, acting. Raw honesty is not always what people want. They want to see their pastor as a super spiritual hero, no flaws, no chinks in his armor. Or maybe that's our perception. What they really need is to see is the person under the armor. We must practice removing our armor before the Lord before we can stand before a congregation vulnerable and unprotected. Great article. A good reminder that spiritual and emotional health is not being perfect but being in the process of being perfected.

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mabel radebe

January 21, 2013  8:58pm

Thanks for the insightful and challenging article. It is very important to sit at the feet of Jesus with your text and hear what he He says to you about it and what He wants you to share with others and how. Preachers should not take preaching lightly and talk to God's people unprepared.

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Shirley McCowin

September 28, 2012  4:25pm

An outstanding article! IF only more pastors could be as open and honest; sharing this article with my pastor. Without a doubt, I am able to relate this article to the passage of scripture Jeremiah 3:15 "And I will give you pastors according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. I am not a pastor but a servant in the ministry; however, this message resonates with me. Thank you.

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Mary Newton

September 24, 2012  2:39pm

Outstanding article! Thank you. I am striving to be more authentic in my preaching and I know that comes with "listening" to GOD, spending more time in prayer and wrestling with the text. As a pastor of a small congregation, I am confronted with a multitude of tasks that come my way each weeek. I know that it is imperateive to "slow down" and sit at Jesus' feet; to hear from God. I will admit that is my greatest struggle in preaching, to put sufficient time in and to begin early. This article has helped me to re-focus and priortize; to be "Mary" and not "Martha".

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SCOTT VERMILLION

July 23, 2012  12:02pm

Thanks for your candor and insight. I find preaching to be an art of vulnerability every week. And this art can be really bad at times. If I am honest with myself, it is easy to create bad art every week by falling to the temptation of hiding behind the word or in making the sermon about me. Teaching the scriptures is one thing, but modeling how to interact with God in front of people who are constantly evaluating you is tough work. Thanks for the prophetic call to continue to wrestle with God and his word in prayer before you preach.

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