The Character of the Preacher and His Preaching Ministry
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ABSTRACT THE CHARACTER OF THE PREACHER AND HIS PREACHING MINISTRY Anthony Paul Langley, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2016 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Hershael W. York This thesis addresses the impact of the character of the preacher and his family life on his preaching ministry, including the manner that he presents his character authentically before his congregation. Chapter 1 serves as the introduction. Chapter 2 investigates the biblical teaching on the character of the preacher and identifies specific ways that character virtues or vices can impact the reception of the sermon as authoritative. Chapter 3 examines the biblical teaching concerning the family of the preacher and presents studies from the family life of pastors to determine the impact of family on pulpit effectiveness. Chapter 4 assesses the preacher’s presentation of himself from the pulpit. The chapter draws evidence from Scripture that he must be authentic from the pulpit and be a man of character in order to be most effective. Chapter 5 presents the character goals of the preacher that is most effective in communicating the Word of God.