Good communication skills are critical for pastors. Every Sunday, Gospel ministers are trusted to interpret the Bible for the life of the congregation. Pastors preach, teach Sunday school, lead Bible studies, and speak one-on-one with people who have questions and are looking for direction. These teaching tasks are not to be taken lightly. After decades of firsthand ministry experience, what follows are my essential tips to teach God’s Word effectively.
As pastors, we must continually hone our speaking and listening skills while facilitating a life of study. The goal is never personal fame but rather glorifying God by faithfully proclaiming His Word. As you continue to fulfill your calling to shepherd and teach, my hope is that these tips will equip you to more effectively serve the congregation God has entrusted to you.
Allan R. Bevere is a Professional Fellow in Theology. He recently retired from full-time pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church where he served for thirty-eight years. He is the owner of the social media portal, Faith Seeking Understanding (allanrbevere.org) with links to his YouTube Channel, podcast, blog, and daily reflections. He is the author of the forthcoming booklet, Holiness of Heart and Life: Loving God and Neighbor, and has published several other books including: The Politics of Witness: The Character of the Church in the World, Colossians and Philemon: A Participatory Study Guide, and Who Is Jesus? The Puzzle and the Portraits of a Divine Savior.
Dr. Bevere received his Ph.D in Theology from the University of Durham U.K., a Th.M in Theological Ethics from Duke Divinity School, an M.Div. in Pastoral Ministry and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Christian Ministries from Malone University.
Dr. Bevere has served the larger church in various capacities over the years including mission, education, and leadership. He brings his passion for teaching to pastors in Cuba at the Methodist Seminary in Havana, Zimbabwe at Africa University, and Cameroon at the local Methodist churches. He has also engaged in mission work in Haiti and Puerto Rico.
Dr. Bevere is married to Carol. They have four adult children and four granddaughters. His hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking, playing guitar, and hiking.