While the following quote it a little bit over-the-top, I appreciate the spirit that it communicates:
Pastors must develop congregations that facilitate expository preaching at every level of parish life and ministry. They must engender support for this exegetical process in five different ways.
- First, they must develop the discipline of thorough study in their own libraries.
- Secondly, they must teach staff to complement their study schedules by taking up slack in other pastoral duties left by the preacher.
- Thirdly, they must train their secretaries and administrative personnel to aggressively protect their sermon preparation time.
- Fourthly, they must ensure that their families understand and accept that the preacher must complete his exegesis and expository preparations before any other priority in the weekly schedule is addressed.
- Finally, they must help the congregation grow to the point where they both expect and even demand solid exposition rooted in diligent study (Michael F. Ross, Preaching for Revitalization [Mentor: 2006], 213).
The quote comes from Michael F. Ross’s 2006 book, “Preaching for Revitalization.” I found the quote at How to Have an Expository Preaching Church on Pastor’s Perspective blog.
The only beef I would have with Jim Kang, the author of the post is that he presumes that he stresses how this quote should be taken to heart by small church/ church plant pastors because (in his view) small church pastors are more easily distracted by the desire to be men-pleasers and they have to wear many, many hats. Sorry Jim…this advice is needed by ALL preaching pastors. It doesn’t get any easier to focus as the church grows. You still wear as many hats, although they may be different hats. The need for diligence in attention to expository preparation is critical for preachers of churches of all sizes and stripes.