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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I'm more exhorter than teacher...here's difference

The Teacher vs The Exhorter (From Ben Arment)

I'm not a natural teacher. As a pastor I thrived on casting vision and moving people to action. I'm an exhorter, and I beat myself up for years not knowing the difference. I can imagine there are a lot of pastors out there who are struggling in the same way. So here it is... the difference.

A TEACHER

  • Values the study process more than the communication of it.
  • Knows exactly what's going to be said
  • Would have loved to pastor the Bereans
  • Starts with Scripture and tests the wisdom of the world against it. Of course, Scripture wins each and every time.
  • Sees effectiveness as building a "wall" of biblical precepts sermon-by-sermon
  • Invests in conventional study tools
  • If anyone complains, it's about boredom

AN EXHORTER

  • Values communicating over studying for it
  • Knows the general outline, but fills in holes along the way. Counts on it, in fact
  • Would have hated to pastor the Bereans
  • Brings up the wisdom of the world and tests it against Scripture. Of course, Scripture wins each and every time.
  • Sees effectiveness as moving people to action with the Bible
  • Invests in unconventional study tools
  • If anyone complains, it's about not getting fed

Invest in yourself as a communicator... whether you're a teacher or an exhorter.