Evaluating Preachers

November 10, 2010

J.W Hendriyx has recently spent time on a pastoral search commitee. Through that process he has drawn up this helpful set of criteria to evaluate preaching and preachers.

To summarise, he says that sermons should:

  • be authoratative
  • be logical
  • involve indicatives and imperatives
  • have exegetical accuracy
  • possess doctrinal substance
  • contain pointed application
  • should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

There is also a thoughtful list concerning evaluating the potential pastor’s leadership.



  1. It is also well-worth lokking at Stuart Olyott’s criteria for good preaching – see the notes of his preaching seminars on our church website at http://www.biac.org.uk – click on ‘sermons’ and then click on ‘preaching seminars’. You can download full notes from each seminar by clicking on each one.
    Hope this helps. Warmly, Paul Williams

  2. woops ! Sorry – to see Stuart Olyott’s preaching seminar notes please click on http://www.biac.org.uk then click on ‘sermons’, then click on ‘meetings’- and then click on ‘preaching seminars’. Rgds.Paul

  3. That’s not Jimmy Hendriyx, is it? ;o)

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