A church was in need of a preacher for some time, but was having trouble getting one; but not because preachers weren’t applying, but because the congregation always seemed to find fault with the applicants. Most preachers were rejected when the elders just read the résumé. Some didn’t have enough experience, some too much, some not enough education, some too much and so on.
One day, an elder who was getting very tired of this decided to do something. So the next Sunday he got up in the pulpit, and announced that he had another résumé to share with the congregation. Most of them sat back, folded their arms and began to listen; ready to see what faults they could find on the new applicant. The other elders began to read, and the résumé went like this…
“Dear church members, I am writing to apply for position as your preacher. I am a single man, and I’ve never been married. My experience is more along the lines of an evangelist, but I believe I could fill your position adequately. I’ve never attended a university, but I have a lot of field experience. I don’t have a degree on my wall, or a wall for that matter. I’ve traveled around most of my life, renting and doing odd jobs to support myself and preaching wherever I was invited: churches, streets, and even jails. As a matter of fact, I’ve been thrown in jail several times, and been involved in a few public squabbles. I’ve been accused of being anti-semantic, anti-authority, and causing disturbances almost everywhere I go. After 30+ years, I have baptized two during my ministry. Thank you for considering my application.”
Most of the them looked up at the one elder with smirks of condemnation, while others chuckled out loud. One stood up and still laughing asked, “Does this guy actually expect us to seriously consider him for our preacher? Just what’s this fellow’s name any way? Did he actually have the nerve to sign his name? ” The one elder replied, he sure did. It was signed the Apostle Paul. (author unknown)
What Should Congregations Look For In A Preacher?
1. A man who is well versed in the scriptures, who is ready and able to preach and to teach the Word of God, in and out of season. 2 Tim 2:15; 2 Tim 4:2-5
2. A man who is not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Rom 1:16
3. A man who is able to prove the scriptures, by the scriptures. 1 Thess 5:21; 1 Cor 2:13
4. A man who is set for the defense of the gospel. Philip 1:15-18; 2 Pet 3:9
5. A man who refuses to preach another gospel, or to teach another doctrine. Gal 1:8,9; 2 Jn 9; 2 Thess 2:15
6. A man who will contend for the faith. Jude 3; Prov 28:4
7. A man who speaks the oracle of God, and doesn’t go beyond that which was written. 1 Pet 4:11; 1 Cor 4:6
8. A man who holds firm the faithful Word, and uses sound doctrine to encourage and correct anyone who attempts to contradict it. Tit 1:9
9. A man who loves the truth and the souls he teaches more than the money he’s paid. 2 Thess 2:10; 1 Cor 9:18
10. A man whose heart desire is to seek, and save the lost. Rom 10:1; Rom 9:4; Jam 5:19,20