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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 […]

driven, focused and centred – reuben munn

This year has solidified for me three simple but central convictions about preaching. I’ve carried these convictions around for a while, and they have been said many times by many people, but they have become more clearly and firmly pressed on my heart in the course of preaching through Exodus this year. For me, good […]

fast preaching – mark keown

In recent years the demography of our church has shifted radically. It is no longer primarily European as it once was, but praise God it is now a rich blend of Europeans with non-European peoples who have come to NZ to settle. While some of these people have good English, a large number struggle with […]

compelling confrontation – rhett snell

Have you ever preached a sermon where you’ve felt your audience turning on you? I’m not a very ‘prophetic’ preacher, so it’s a rare occurrence for me, but once or twice I’ve been preaching a biblical text or truth, and as the sermon has progressed I’ve realised that people are more agitated than usual. The […]

preaching and leadership – kevin ward

Increasingly when the challenges facing the church are discussed, leadership becomes a major focus. There are now a multitude of books on leadership in the church, but sadly if you pick up almost any I can almost guarantee you will find nothing on preaching. In the minds of many ministers preaching and leadership are two […]

the chronic fatigue syndrome of preaching in nz – andy shudall

There’s is a chronic fatigue syndrome in our churches and it is laying people low. Its symptoms are many and its impact is systemically evidenced. It is found behind our lecterns, pulpits and music stands. Preachers are tired – chronically tired – of preaching God’s Word. We download sermon outlines, pass off googled illustrations as […]

can every preacher preach every passage? – sarah harris

I am currently writing an article on the bleeding women story from Luke’s Gospel and it has got me thinking about whether a man can really preach this passage and do the story justice. In the last two years I have lived the story of the bleeding woman – woman can probably imagine what that […]

what’s your “one main sermon”? – lynne baab

In our early adult life, my husband and I attended one church for seven years. After about five years of listening to the senior pastor’s preaching, I got bored with it. I said to an older friend of mine, “I’m getting so tired of his preaching.” She replied, “Sure it’s a bit repetitive, but he’s […]