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Hurdling Barriers to Spiritual Formation (part 2)

Two pastors tell how emphasizing spiritual formation transformed their preaching.

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This is part two of a two-part series. In part one, Kent and Mike described a few of the challenges of preaching for spiritual formation and how their preaching changed when formation became a priority.

PreachingToday.com: If your preaching wasn't previously about spiritual formation, what would you say it was about?

Kent Carlson: I wouldn't say our preaching wasn't about spiritual formation. Even before we made the shift, we would do series on spiritual disciplines. But as I said before, I think our preaching had an aspect of entertainment that caused us to ask too often, "Are people enjoying it? Do they smile and shake their heads up and down and bring their friends next week because I'm entertaining?" In other words, now we pay a little less attention to whether or not people like the message.

Mike Lueken: I would agree. It's not so much that we weren't previously interested in spiritual formation; it's just that now we're trying to attain some degree of honesty about the things that drive ...

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