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custodians of the word: kaitiaki and kupu – viv coleman

(This first appeared on Viv’s blog in early March 2017) The summer holidays are a chance to worship away from home and experience a different congregational culture and worship style. This year the services we attended offered a smorgasbord of worship and preaching, and the chance to meet some genuine and friendly people. But the […]

preaching Christ and Christ crucified – mark keown

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:2 that when he came to Corinth, he preached Christ and Christ crucified. For a long time I read this as meaning that the central content of Paul’s preaching is Christ and particularly his death and its consequences. After spending a number of months working through Philippians 2:5–11 while simultaneously […]

having your head in the clouds (of unseen witnesses) – john tucker

I have been reading, lately, about educational theory. It’s fascinating! According to social learning theorists, people learn by observing and imitating those around them. What’s the easiest way to learn a second language? The way we learned out first, by immersion, by listening at great lengths to those who speak the language fluently. How do […]

spiritual practices for preachers – lynne baab

I had the enormous privilege of being a keynote speaker at Carey Baptist College’s recent conference on preaching, alongside William Willimon. I loved Will’s talks. He portrayed God as wild and free, always surprising us, always speaking to us in ways we aren’t expecting. He told great stories to illustrate the ways God had spoken […]

what’s your one sermon – rhett snell

I’d been an associate pastor for nearly 5 years, and I was on the cusp of heading off to be the sole pastor of a church. The thing I was most excited about was getting to preach more regularly, to finally be let loose to plan out a preaching year myself. Just before I left, […]

too much preaching – reuben munn

I am drowning in preaching. Way too many messages to prepare, way too little time. I’m doing sermon preparation every working morning and most evenings at the moment, which is not healthy. My normal frequency of preaching is three Sundays out of four. Even that is pretty high and I wouldn’t mind cutting it down […]

how do preachers grow? – john tucker

What enables a preacher to keep developing as a preacher? There are many answers to that question: make a habit of watching or listening to great preachers; read good books on the theology and mechanics of preaching; meet regularly with other preachers to share resources and inspiration. Of course, one of the very best ways […]

the imaginative preacher – viv coleman

Imagination is a valuable commodity for kiwimade preachers; in fact, in my recent thesis about Ministry Review for AUT Business School, I identified “Imagination” as one of four key issues relevant to accountability and support for pastoral leaders. My inductive research project had found “collaborative planning” and “shaping missional concern” to be important areas to […]

commending an excellent preacher – lynne baab

For the second half of 2015, I had the privilege of attending worship at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Seattle, where Doug Kelly is the senior minister. (I was on study leave from my lectureship at the University of Otago.) One of the highlights of worship was Doug’s sermons. He preached probably three quarters of the […]

externally processing extrovert – shelley west

My name is Shelley West and I am an externally processing extrovert. As an externally processing extrovert I tend to get a little excited! It can be a little confusing for the people I know well, let alone those who listen in on Sundays. Moderating myself is one of the harder jobs I have when […]