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5 Lifetime Lessons from My First Year of Preaching

Understanding the shift in perspective and identity as the lead pastor.

5 Lifetime Lessons from My First Year of Preaching

When I was an assistant pastor in Washington D.C., my mentor and boss Dan Claire apprenticed me in the ministry of preaching. I was giving one sermon per month, which meant I was supporting but not carrying the preaching of the church. I loved the process of crafting sermons from different genres of Scripture, receiving feedback along the way about exegesis, delivery, and application. The semi-regular schedule allowed me to feel the intensity and responsibility of preaching without becoming a crushing burden.

After three years, God called me to plant and lead a new church in Chicago. On Launch Sunday, I went from simply delivering individual sermons to shouldering the preaching ministry. Adjusting to this new reality was a process! All of a sudden, there were new responsibilities beyond mere sermon development that I had to learn on the fly. The more intentionally I embraced them, the greater the impact of the preaching ministry. These five responsibilities have been particularly crucial: ...

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