Six Common Mistakes Made by Preachers from the Pulpit (That Might Get Them in Trouble)

July 9, 2019
Episode #552
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Preachers sometimes say some strange things from the pulpit. Today, we discuss some of the things that get said that can cause problems for a preacher.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • One of the most common mistakes preachers often make is attributing a quote to someone who didn’t actually say it.
  • If you’re going to use stats in a sermon, research and cite the original source.
  • When using a church member as a sermon illustration, always get their permission first.
  • Number one rule for guest preachers: honor your time slot. Don’t go over.

The six mistakes we discuss are:

  1. Quoting something someone did not say.
  2. Saying “statistics show”
  3. Using someone else’s illustration as your own
  4. Using a point in a sermon to fight verbally with a church member
  5. Mispronouncing words in the Bible
  6. Not honoring a church host’s request when you are a guest preacher

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Rainer on Leadership is a member of the LifeWay Leadership Podcast Network


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