What Makes a Great Preacher?

Billy-Graham-preaching_p171 What makes a great Preacher? I’m not speaking here of traits all preachers should have (character, etc.). I would love to hear what you think makes a great preacher? Are there traits, practices or fabrics that separate those who excel at the preaching from those who are “adequate” or “poor.”

I’ll name one I’ve noticed as a starter. Consistency. Great preachers are nearly always good. There isn’t a lot of variety in the quality of substance or delivery week-to-week. They don’t hit a “home run” one week and “strike out” the next. This is usually because they are consistent in preparation. That consistency shows up in consistenly, quality preaching.

Think about those you would label as “a great preacher.” What else do you see?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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