Qualifications for a Preacher

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All kinds of qualifications for a preacher (or, in today’s vernacular an “evangelist”, “minister”, or “pastor”) exist today. Special schools for preaching God’s word are abundant.

“Ordination” is an associated concept defined by Wikipedia as “the process by which individuals are consecrated, that is, set apart and elevated from the laity class to the clergy, who are thus then authorized (usually by the denominational hierarchy composed of other clergy) to perform various religious rites and ceremonies.” The process can actually be quite simple as laid out on the GetOrdained.org site.

It all begs the question about what God has set forth for the qualifications for a preacher.

How Scripture answers "What are the qualifications for a preacher?"

The qualifications for a preacher of God are simply that he preach or teach in a way that agrees with sound doctrine4, or, proclaiming the gospel of Christ2. A skilled speaker isn’t a pre-requisite5, nor are even the “pure” motives2 of the individual. This is indeed a stark contrast to the religious opinions today that claim “anyone should have the right to become ordained as a minister and ‘captain their own spiritual ship’, no matter what their specific beliefs may be.”

A prophet of God is a distinct role from that of a preacher (Ephesians 4:11-14) and served a purpose that has passed (Ephesians 2:19-21). And yet, the prophet’s similarity to the role of a preacher is worth noting here. While one literally spoke the words of God3, the other is tasked with effectively the same mission4. And just as the hearer was required to test the prophet’s message as true or false, so too must we determine a preacher’s messsage to be consistent with God’s1,4.

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