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Leading Through Preaching

By New Churches Team

Leading through preaching is a powerful way to lead your congregation toward the vision God has called you to.

Power in the Pulpit

It has been said that the most powerful place of promotion is the pulpit. And the most powerful person of promotion is the pastor. There is a huge responsibility that comes with that. A big part of leading well from the pulpit is knowing when it is required to lead through specific issues by addressing them directly but also by knowing how to lead through issues when it is not in the heat of an issue. For example, if there is minor gossip in the church, you typically do not want to address that directly unless it becomes so prevalent that it is moving the focus off the mission of the church or creating an unhealthy culture.

Don’t Be Harmful

You can’t underestimate the power of the main communicator leading through culture change. With the influence of the pulpit comes the danger of preaching in ways that are harmful. Don’t use the pulpit as a bully pulpit. Pastor and bullying don’t need to be together. You can become a domineering force from the pulpit in ways that cause long-term damage in the church. Lead don’t domineer.

But don’t be afraid to speak from the pulpit things that need to be said about the congregation where it is. When you are speaking about difficult topics be careful about how you address it. Use humor when appropriate to lighten the mood and show grace. Part of leadership is defining reality, so be prepared for those moments with a healthy approach.

Avoid Manipulation

Don’t use the pulpit for petty things. People who agree with you will see it as leadership, but people who don’t agree with you will see it as manipulation. If you are going to move people in a different direction and use the pulpit to do so, make sure you do it in communication with your elders or authority. Be sure that there is a connection and accountability. You have a sacred trust and that pulpit is a sacred trust. You should be primarily using it to primarily teach and preach the Word of God.

Adapted from the New Churches Q&A Podcast Episode 613: Ways a Pastor Can Lead, Part 1. Click here to listen to more to church planting, multisite, and multiplication tips.


New Churches Team

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