[toggle]Survey respondents were asked to assess preachers based on seven criteria: biblical/exegetical quality, relevance, personal character, theology, sermon form, effective communication, and delivery. The 12 on the list were the top-rated among 1,000 nominees.[/toggle]


[toggle]“To meet the demands before us, we will need the same biblical, exegetical, and theological proficiency that we have always needed in the past, but we will also need more improvisational, cultural, and intercultural proficiency than we have right now,” said Jared E. Alcantara, assistant professor of homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. “This historical moment forces us to learn how to preach timeless truths in timely ways before diverse communities.”[/toggle]


[toggle]A quarter of the pastors on the list?Evans, Moss, and West?are African American. CNN’s John Blake described their style in relationship to the black church tradition:[/toggle]


[toggle]Moss’ approach to preaching is steeped in what he calls the “blue note gospel,” a message shaped by the fiery prophetic tradition of the black church. He’ll quote Gaynor’s disco anthem, a passage by author Flannery O’Connor and the Book of Isaiah all in one sermon. West’s powerful delivery embodies the “start slow, rise higher, strike fire and retire” approach of the black church as well.[/toggle]


[toggle]Gloer emphasized the importance of exposing seminary students to a range of preaching styles for inspiration and example. The broad list demonstrates that there’s no single way to preach effectively, and that God speaks through many voices and approaches. “Each student must find their own voice,” he said.[/toggle]


[toggle]But today’s top preachers also convey a degree of clout and celebrity, and aspiring pastors and churchgoers alike can be drawn to a particular teacher’s offerings?which are more widely accessible than ever thanks to streaming video and sermon podcasts. (It’s no coincidence that Stanley, Swindoll, Piper, Keller, and Begg all appear among the top 15 most popular Christian podcasts on iTunes.)[/toggle]


[toggle]As CT has noted, the Internet, particularly social media, has also upped the pressure for preachers to address current events and navigate political issues in their sermons.[/toggle]


[toggle]But ultimately, the most effective preachers have an even higher calling.[/toggle]


[toggle]“In a world where talk is cheap and there seems to be no end to it, the preacher has to recover the priority and power of the word,” Gloer said in a press release.[/toggle]


[toggle]“The Hebrew understanding of words is that they both say something and do something. They have the power to bless and to curse, to wound and to heal, to build and to destroy. In fact, the worldview you function with is predicated on the words you know. Words are the tools of the preacher and that gives them incredible power.”[/toggle]

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