Why don’t more men go into preaching and why some men quit soon after beginning? All kinds of explanations are made and solutions sought, but none seems to explain or solve this growing problem. Seemingly, those who are not qualified to preach want to preach and those who are qualified don’t have the zeal to go into the ministry.
When a farmer has a problem with his plants, one of the first places he looks for insects or disease is the root system. Christians might do well to get to the root of the preacher problem. Look at the place where the development of preachers has its beginning.
The preacher shortage could be due to any of three “root problems.” All three can be solved by obedience to the command given by Paul to Timothy. “And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2 Tim 2:2)
The Lack Teaching
Timothy was to “commit” the gospel to others. In particular, he was to train “faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2 Tim 2:2) In past years most gospel preachers have failed miserably in training others to proclaim the Word of Truth.
Preachers Must Be Faithful
A man should never be persuaded to preach because “it might do him some good.” Remember that the Lord said, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” (Lk 16: 10).
Preachers Must Be Able To Teach Others
Many feel that every male Christian should preach. Not so! Paul pointed out the differences in “gifts” (1 Cor 12). The same is true of abilities. A man is held responsible for the talent he has. Let each find his particular ability and use it to the glory of God.
Conclusions: There are several reason why there are so few workers in the vineyard of the Lord. Perhaps it could be the long hours, the lack of reward, or the darts and arrows which come their way. Even so, as Jesus said it would be: “Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest”(Matt 9:37-38).