Dane Ortlund writes:

Preached recently at a church that hosted me with remarkable thoughtfulness and it caused me to reflect on how inviting churches can host as well as my most recent experience, and also what should be the specific aims of a guest preacher. To be filtered through your own wisdom and good sense.

He offers several suggestions for the inviting church and for the guest preacher. (I’d add one more, something I learned from Danny Akin about a guest pastor’s dress code: ask the church what kind of attire the preaching pastor usually wears and go with that.)

See also Don Whitney’s “Ten Questions to Ask to Treat a Guest Speaker Well.”

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3 thoughts on “On Being or Hosting a Guest Preacher”

  1. Bruce Russell says:

    Please pay the guy!

  2. Jason Dollar says:

    Thanks for the link, Justin (and Whitney’s classic thoughts on this subject as well). It seems ironic, however, that this is a topic that needs to be discussed. From one point of view, it seems that the love of Christ would compel a church body to care for a guest preacher in careful, well-thought ways. That they would need no guidance or direction other than a heart of gratitude.

    But on the other hand, it seems congregations are looking for a norm, or a basic protocol for such matters. This means that actually writing lists, as Dane has, can be immensely helpful. In other words, stating the obvious can be a tremendous aid at times.

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