I’m Just a Church Member

stained glassMany think since they went to school, they know how teachers ought to teach and will often tell teachers how to do their job.  Similarly, since many people sit in church buildings and hear sermons they have advice for preachers.  Here are actual statements to preachers.  Some of these are things said to me.

  • Speak up.
  • Speak softer.
  • You need to be less distant.
  • You need to be more aloof.
  • Tell more stories.
  • Use more scriptures and less stories.
  • Don’t try to be a comedian.
  • I like it when you use humor in sermons.
  • Relate more to your audience.
  • Never talk about you or your family.
  • Do apply so much, let people figure it out on their own.
  • Be more specific and help make application.
  • Put more meat in you sermons.
  • People need simple sermons don’t go so deep.
  • You went overtime today.
  • Don’t pay attention to the clock.
  • “If I were a preacher . . .”

I would say, “If I were a church member – but I am.” So “As a Church Member . . .”

  1. I Am Grateful to Be One – 1 John 3:1
  2. I Work for Peace and Unity – Philippians 1:27
  3. I Support the Elders and the Congregation – Hebrews 13:7, 17
  4. I Encourage Fellow Christians – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  5. I Live My Life for His Cause – Matthew 5:13-16

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