Maybe pastors have inadvertently supplanted the make-mature-disciples-who-live-like-Jesus business with the faithfully-proclaim-the-Word-of-God-business. Yes, you and I have been commissioned to faithfully proclaim God’s Word.

But, we do it so that people around us live like Jesus.

To distill the ministry of the Gospel down to faithful proclamation without equal regard to the life-changing results of our preaching is a mistake Jesus didn’t make.

If the unmotivated are invulnerable to insight and if the key to fruitfulness is the condition of the soil, wouldn’t it be wise to get really, really good at soil preparation?



–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at

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