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The Heart of the Preacher: Preparing Your Soul to Proclaim the Word
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The Heart of the Preacher: Preparing Your Soul to Proclaim the Word

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Cultivating the Preacher’s Heart

You can teach the craft, but you must first form the heart.

Many preachers want to preach better, but they don’t always know how to go about improvement, and most books on preaching focus on the mechanics of the craft.

But preaching involves more than the steps to take a text to sermon, because every time a preacher stands up to preach, their character shines through—for better or for worse.

In The Heart of the Preacher, Rick Reed focuses on the personal heart preparation required before any preacher is ready to preach. He explores issues preachers often wrestle with—like discouragement, insecurity, and pride. He then offers practices to fight these challenges and form a heart that carries the fruit of the Spirit into the pulpit.

It takes more than a good speaker to preach. It takes a Spirit-filled person. This book will help you check your heart and cultivate the most important aspect of preaching: your character.


  • Introduction
  • Part I: The Testing of a Preacher’s Heart
    • Ambition
    • Comparison
    • Boasting
    • Insignificance
    • Laziness
    • Stagnating
    • Speaking One Language
    • Fear
    • Retreating
    • Criticism
    • Disengaged Listeners
    • Blue Mondays
    • Failure
    • Pain
    • Quitting
  • Part II: The Strengthening of a Preacher’s Heart
    • Practice Personal Soul Care
    • Devote Yourself to Prayer and the Word
    • Stay on the Expository Path
    • Right-Size Your Expectations
    • Develop Internal Security
    • Listen to Your Closest Ally
    • Make the Most of Saturday Nights
    • Do the Work of an Evangelist
    • Don’t Kill the Horse
    • Keep Your First Love
  • Conclusion

Product Details

  • Title: The Heart of the Preacher: Preparing Your Soul to Proclaim the Word
  • Author: Rick Reed
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Page Count: 160
  • Format: Logos Digital, Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 5x8
  • ISBN: 9781683593485

About Rick Reed

Rick Reed (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves as the president of Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Prior to coming to Heritage, Rick served as a pastor in California and Ontario. He has been a plenary and seminar presenter for Billy Graham’s School of Evangelism and is a master coach for the Global Proclamation Academy in Dallas, Texas with REACH ministries.