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Winter 2013

Current Theme

Preaching: Credibility, Content, and Connection in the Ministry of God’s Word

In 1 Corinthians 9:16, Paul said, “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; yea woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel.” Name any other profession: schoolteacher, counselor, politician, surgeon, lawyer, businessman, or whatever other profession you wish, and preaching is more significant because preaching turns sinners into saints, and gives guidance to life not only for time, but also for eternity. What other work can be more important than that of the preacher? Therefore, preaching is the theme of the winter 2013 issue of Enrichment. The theme is divided into three categories: the character of the preacher, the subject of the sermon, and its relevance to the audience.

The issue includes informative and practical articles by Dan Betzer, Doug Clay, Herbert Cooper, Jodi Detrick, Dick Foth, Debbie Gill, Doug Green, Bryan Jarrett, Steve Lim, DeLonn Rance, Rick Warren, and others.

 

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Theme Articles

INTRODUCTION

Preaching: Credibility, CLARITY, and Connection in the Ministry of God’s Word

George Paul Wood

Interview — The Preaching Life

Dan Betzer, Saturnino Gonzalez, and Bryan Jarrett

What other work can be more important than preaching? Preaching turns sinners into saints and gives guidance to life not only for time but also for eternity. In this theme interview, three Assemblies of God executive presbyters talk about the importance of preaching.

Spiritual Formation for Preachers

Rick Warren

Implementing the following strategies will help you combat the temptations that come from pleasure, possessions, and position.

The Man in the Back of the Room — and Other Issues Facing Women Preachers

Jodi Detrick

Most female preachers face issues their male colleagues encounter; some issues, however, are unique only to women who preach. Here are three of them.

Why Should Anyone Listen to Me?

Herbert Cooper with Scott Harrup

Is your life and preaching an overarching testimony of your integrity? Are the people to whom you preach week after week inspired to follow your lead? They will if you follow two very important principles.

Let’s Be Honest: The Need for Integrity in Sermon Development, Delivery, and Decision

Thomas Lindberg

What ethical principles should guide how preachers develop their sermons, deliver them, and call for decision from their audience?

Preaching by the Numbers

Doug Green

Here is a 12-step process that will help you be thoroughly prepared for your next sermon.

Biblical Clarity and Cultural Relevance Through Topical Preaching

Doug Clay

Do you want to bring God’s Word dynamically into your congregation’s here-and-now experience? Then consider these four tools for effective topical preaching.

Preaching That Actually Changes Lives: Six Keys in Forming Disciples

Steve Lim

Here are six key factors that enable preaching to change lives and transform believers into growing disciples.

Exegeting Your Audience

DeLonn L. Rance

Preachers are tasked with the hard work of exegeting the biblical text and exegeting the audience to speak the gospel in the language of their hearers. Here are tools the preacher can utilize to facilitate the task of audience exegesis.

Telling Stories and Asking Questions: What Jesus Teaches Us About Preaching

Richard Foth

God designed us, hardwired us if you will, to communicate in certain ways. Questions and stories are those ways.

We Preach Christ Crucified: Rhetoric in the Service of Jesus Christ

Deborah M. Gill

What does responsible rhetoric in the service of Christ look like?

The Last Word

James T. Bradford

From the General Superintendent

Let the Spirit Guide Your Preaching

George O. Wood

Each Sunday preachers proclaim the Word of God to their congregations. But what should they preach about? Because the Holy Spirit is best able to match biblical text with contemporary context, it is important to learn to pay attention to the Spirit’s guidance.

 

Column Articles

Q&A for Ministry Wives

Church Life is All Consuming

Gabriele Rienas

LEAD LONG … LEAD STRONG

The Circle of Safety: Does Success Require Leaving Others Behind?

Scott Hagan

MANAGING THE MAYHEM OF MINISTRY

Designing and Administering an Annual Performance Review in Your Ministry

Cal LeMon

MOVING LEADERS FORWARD

Let My People Go: Releasing Your Team to Lead, Not Just Follow

Glenn Reynolds

DEALING WITH DOUBTERS

If God’s Creation Was “Very Good,” How Could Evil Arise?

PAUL COPAN

WELL CONNECTED

How to Maximize A Pastors' Conference

Justin Lathrop

MINISTRY & MEDICAL ETHICS

Nanotechnology: Small Objects of Great Importance

Christina M.H. Powell

In Context

Don’t Worry

Marc Turnage

 

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Small Church, Big Impact: Leading Your Congregation to Outsized Influence

Approximately 33 percent of Assemblies of God churches are 49 or less in attendance in public worship and almost 63 percent are 99 or less. Most of these pastors face unique struggles different from their counterparts in larger churches. They may attend church-growth seminars and come away discouraged because most of the principles they hear are geared toward larger churches. Many small-church pastors often feel disconnected from district events because they are bivocational out of necessity. But while these churches may be small, they can be healthy and have a significant impact in their communities. The spring 2013 issue of Enrichment is designed to encourage small-church pastors and also provide practical ideas for reaching their communities. Read inspiring and insightful articles by Warren Bird, Michael Clarensau, Steve Donaldson, Alton Garrison, Tim Leathers, Lori O’Dea, Steve Pike, Peter Scazzero, Eric Swanson, George O. Wood, and others.

 

 

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