3 Types of Preachers

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    I have two fundamental goals for every sermon I preach. First of all, I strive to be faithful to the text of scripture. Likewise, I strive to be clear in my presentation of the message.

    I was in a recent conversation with a fellow pastor about these pulpit goals. He agreed with my philosophy. Then added, “Well, you know there are only three types of preachers…”

    After he named the three types of preachers, I asked him to repeat them slowly. He did. Then I asked my new friend for permission to share them. He graciously consented.

    What are the three types of preachers?

    1. Some preachers know how to say it, but they do not have anything to say.
    2. Some preachers have something to say, but they do not know how to say it.
    3. Some preachers have something to say and know how to say it.

    What kind of preacher are you?


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.