Pastors sign online pledge to use God's Word as primary source for sermons [Excerpts]
A website that provides access to sermons and illustrations has launched a campaign encouraging pastors to pledge that they will develop their own material through the reading and study of scripture.
So far, more than 1,500 pastors across the nation and the world have signed what is being called "The Preacher's Pledge." The pledge, introduced by SermonCentral.com, asks pastors not to short-circuit their sermons with someone else's work. Ron Forseth, general editor of SermonCentral.com, says the online site should be a supplement for sermons, but not the primary source.
"We want to point pastors back to the Bible, and we believe that preaching needs to flow from their own time spent in the Word before God," he says. "We don't look at our site as an opportunity for pastors to have somebody else do their work for them [or as a replacement for] their own personal interaction with God's Word."