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.
- 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
- 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.