Our occasional newsletter called Man of God is primarily for young men who are interested in becoming preachers. Making this decision is a very critical one involving not only a lifetime but also eternity as well. There are great ways to serve God besides being a preacher, but opportunities to help people go to heaven really abound for those who preach. Our main goal in life is to go to heaven and to help other people come with us. Preachers have many ways to work with people to help them spiritually—through the pulpit, through counseling, through one-on-one Bible studies, through working with the elders and others to make the congregation stronger.
So, if you have talents that would allow you to preach and a dedication to helping people go to heaven, give a good look at spending your life as a preacher. There will be times of stress, times when you share in the grief of others, and times when you will feel you have been treated unfairly. But overall, there will be times of great joy and times when you have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped someone on their road to heaven.
One other factor to think about as you consider preaching is that the church is in great need of good preachers. Many congregations who are looking for preachers find it difficult to find someone who is prepared and will be the person they need to fill their pulpit. For those who are ready and willing to serve congregations as a pulpit minister, the demand is strong. And, as a secondary factor, salaries and working conditions are much better than they used to be.
So, if you are thinking about being a preacher, give it some serious thought. And read the other stories in this issue of Man of God to pick up some ideas about preaching. There is one on Expository Preaching, another on What Do Preachers Do, a short Bible Quiz, and a story of summer preaching camps you might like to attend.
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