Four Ways to Get Out of a "One Pitch" Preaching Rut
Expanding your range can help your people grow.
posted 01/23/12See theme
Jimmy Jackson almost made it to baseball's big leagues. He sure had a good run with the Minnesota Twins' AAA farm team. Pitching coaches routinely clocked his fastball in the mid nineties. Yep, you could always count on Jimmy's fastball.
Of course that was Jimmy's downfall too: he only threw fastballs. No curveballs, sliders, or change-ups—just blistering fastballs in roughly the same place: belt-high and smack down the middle. So after awhile every batter knew what was coming. There's a good chance he could have made the Twins' starting lineup—if he could have had at least one more pitch. But for the rest of his short career, Jimmy just kept slinging that trademark fastball.
If you're a real Twins fan, you probably know that Jimmy never existed. I made up his story to offer an important insight about preaching: just as pro baseball players get stuck in pitching ruts, pastors can get stuck in preaching ruts. One-pitch pastors usually have one good pitch, but as in Jimmy's case, ...