I’m watching the online conference Preach Better Sermons today and wanted to share some of the learnings I picked up. One of the speakers is Dr. Crawford Loritts, who is the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. He is a frequent speaker for professional sports teams, including three Super Bowls and the NCAA Final Four Chapel. He has spoken to gatherings of senior military officers at the Pentagon. He is a featured speaker at Promise Keepers men’s conferences. He and his wife, Karen, are featured speakers at Family Life’s marriage and parenting conferences. He is a visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Crawford is also the host of “Living A Legacy”, a daily radio program heard on 330 outlets by approximately 500,000 per week.
Here’s what I got out of Crawford’s segment:
- You’ll never preach any better than who you are. Effective ministry always comes out of the overflow of your heart and walk with God.
- You can’t separate yourself from the preaching moment.
- Sermons are different from speeches.
- The more you do something, the more intentional you need to become about it.
- Preaching is not a transactional gig, it is a word from God for the people in a moment in history.
- In a church, the work is never over, there is never an end.
- The men who God uses are not always the greatest preachers.
- My life should be the autobiography of Christ in this point in history.
Loved the wisdom from an older preacher, so helpful to hear from a humble leader who has been at it for decades. Great model.