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Preaching to effect change

Judith M. McDaniel
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 4 | a406 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i4.406 | © 2006 Judith M. McDaniel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 September 2006 | Published: 02 October 2006

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Judith M. McDaniel, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article begins with a theological argument, then proceeds to practical application. Its thesis is that there is an inherent link between the character of the preacher, the character of the congregation, and the character of the gospel proclaimed. They mirror one another. Many congregations are not equipped to deal with change, growth, or evangelism because they have become entrenched in one style of leadership or structured life; thus, before congregations can change, before a congregation can take a new direction in gospel living, the character of the preacher must be converted. This contribution to the topic proposes that the character of the preacher and the preacher’s congregation can draw closer to the character of the gospel through the practice and teaching of homiletics.

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