When I started preaching, I tried to be just like my pastor, Nick Harris. The only problem? Nick is brilliant, and I am not.
Later, I copied Rick Warren’s messages, with his blessings. The only problem? I am not Rick Warren.
I wholeheartedly believe that as pastors, we should stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. Learn from them. Leverage their wisdom. Borrow every good idea God leads us to implement.
I also think it’s great that some are now beginning to freely share resources and ideas between each other! We shouldn’t have to re-invent the wheel each week.
But, recognize that not every idea, not every message, not every outline that others create is necessarily what God has called you to preach.
You are an original.
But if you stop trying to be just like others, you can be as great as God created you to be!
How are you finding your own voice, style and content?