Leading with the Sermon: Preaching as Leadership

Leading with the Sermon: Preaching as Leadership

by William H. Willimon
Leading with the Sermon: Preaching as Leadership

Leading with the Sermon: Preaching as Leadership

by William H. Willimon


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In this addition to the new Working Preacher Books series, prolific author William H. Willimon makes the compelling case that two key pastoral tasks—preaching and leadership—complement, correct, strengthen, and inform one another. Preaching is the distinctive function of pastoral leaders. Leadership of the church, particularly during a challenging time of transition in mainline Protestantism, has become a pressing concern for pastors.

This book shows how the practices, skills, and intentions of Christian preaching can be helpful to the leadership of a congregation. It will also show how leadership is an appropriate expectation for sermons. In preaching, pastoral leaders can help a congregation face its problems and coordinate its God-given resources to address those problems. Sermons can be an opportunity to articulate, motivate, and orchestrate God's people in doing God's work in the church and in the world.

Leading with the Sermon includes chapters on why pastors must be leaders, why preaching is such an essential task in telling the truth about the gospel, how preaching makes better leaders, and how better leaders make better preachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506456379
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Series: Working Preacher , #2
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

William H. Willimon is the author of many books on preaching and ministerial leadership. He is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School where he directs the Doctor of Ministry program. He is a United Methodist bishop, retired. As Dean of the Duke Chapel, his sermons established his reputation as one of the most influential American preachers.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Preaching: The Most Important Leadership Activity of Pastors 1

2 Preachers Are Leaders 19

3 Leading as Teaching 45

4 Courage to Lead from the Pulpit 79

5 Preaching: Telling the Truth about Jesus Christ 117

6 Pastors as Preachers 129

7 Preaching Is Leading 153

Notes 185

Index of Names 191

Scripture Index 193

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