As popular pastors top Apple Podcasts’ Christian charts, some leaders celebrate widening the access to gospel teaching while others worry about discouraging Sunday attendance.
Should pastors podcast their sermons? Here's how experts weighed in.
Answers are arranged on a spectrum from “yes” answers at the top to “no” answers at the bottom.
“As the church finds itself in an increasingly missionary context, it must recapture the dynamic movement-based form that it was created to be. This, in part, will mean the church must engage innovation and technology rather than trying to preserve the status quo. This is particularly important to connect with younger generations who embrace today’s technology.”
~Brad Brisco, director of bivocational church planting, North American Mission Board
“If people are neglecting the Sunday gathering simply because the podcast is available, it indicates a deeper problem: They don’t understand the sacredness of what happens when the church gathers. If this line of thinking were followed in other areas, we’d need to stop Bible studies because they might cheapen the preaching of God’s Word. The solution is not to stop podcasting or quit doing Bible studies, but to be more intentional about teaching church members about all that God does through the gathered church.”
~Stephen Altrogge, author, teacher, and founder of The Blazing Center
“Sermon podcasts are certainly a good thing, though not the best format in which to receive the word preached. While the Spirit is at work wherever and however the word is preached (Phil. 1:15–18), the normative and most fruitful work of God is in the context of the local assembly of ...1