Criteria For Evaluating Preaching
An elder at my church kindly passed on this helpful list of CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING PREACHINGâ€¦
In 4 â€œbullet pointâ€ form gives a few things to think about if you are evaluating or considering a preacher when on a pastoral search committee. No doubt there are other things to look for but these are a good place to start.
â€¢ Authoritative â€“ this â€œtextâ€ is binding upon believers and not to be demeaned.
â€¢ Logical â€“ the train of thought is followed easily and well structured.
â€¢ Donâ€™t talk about self â€“ leave â€œmeâ€ of the message (talk about us and them but not me) - points to Christ.
â€¢ â€œTake Awaysâ€ â€“ What is the message about, and what is the listener to learn and remember for the day/weeks ahead.
Did the sermon comfort the distressed? â€“ God has made provision
Did it distress the comfortable? -God is relentless in reminding us that â€œour relationship with Him lasts because He chooses us, not because of our devotion and/or obedience.â€
If we only do the former weâ€™ll comfort the self-righteous; if we only do the latter, weâ€™ll lose our audience without Christ. Feel free to add more in the comments.