A survey identified the characteristics people consider would make the ideal pastor:
• Preaches deep expository sermons that are filled with funny stories and last exactly 10 minutes.
• Frequently condemns sin but never upsets anyone.
• Works at the church from 7 a.m. until midnight and spends plenty of time with the family.
• Makes $100 a week, wears good clothes, buys good books, drives a good car, and gives about $150 a week to the poor.
• Is 25 years of age and has been preaching for 30 years.
• Has a burning desire to work with teenager, and is always with the senior citizens.
• Makes 15 daily calls to church families, visits shut-ins and the hospitalized, evangelizes the unchurched, and is always in the office when needed.

Aren’t you glad God has a different definition of the ideal pastor: “good and faithful servant.”

Michael Duduit
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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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