Why Your Pastor Isn’t as Good as Those Professional Speakers

speaker vs pastor

On a website devoted to professional speakers, the author gave advice about “that great killer story you love to tell,” and then “the heart-rending windup.” I imagine every speaker wants one each of those in his messages.

Then, the blogger dropped the bomb.

“After you get your speech down pat and you’ve given it a number of times and feel you’re effective, it’s time to start working on speech number two.”

I laughed out loud.

Speech number two?

These guys have one speech? One??? And then, when all is going well, they add one more?

Pardon me while I sit down.

Speaker vs Pastor

Do you know how often a pastor speaks? How many sermons of 20 to 30 minutes or more he gives every year? If he speaks twice a week and accepts a few other invites along the way, that’s easily a hundred sermons in one year.

The professional speaker then dropped a second bomb. “Sometimes you’ll find some guy on the circuit who says he can speak on anything! He lists 25 subjects on which he’s capable. But don’t be fooled,” he says. “No one can do that. This guy is claiming something no one can do and do it well.”

No one can speak effectively on 25 subjects?

But your pastor does it all the time. And not just 25 subjects. He has all the subjects. All of life. Nothing is off limits to him.

OK. Two different animals, professional speakers and preachers, right? But you’d be amazed at the pressure on the preacher to sound like the pro, and the perfectionism we put on ourselves when we don’t.

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Joe McKeever
Joe McKeever has been a believer over 60 years, has been preaching the Gospel over 50 years, and has been writing and cartooning for Christian Publications over 40 years. He lives in New Orleans.