Sitting in a congregation listening to Chuck Swindoll preach is like having a heart-to-heart talk with a favorite uncle. There's never any question that the wisdom warrants serious attention, but neither is there any doubt that it's delivered with love and warmth.
His open and honest style makes him an ideal candidate to talk about the temptations of ministry.
Since 1971, Swindoll has been pastor of First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California, where Sunday morning attendance averages 5,000. He preaches five days a week on a half-hour radio program, "Insight for Living," and has written numerous books, including his recent Improving Your Serve.
At forty-eight, Swindoll has faced the temptations that haunt a young pastor starting out in a tiny church as well as those that attack the high—profile pastor with a large, well-known ministry. He recently shared both kinds of struggles with LEADERSHIP editors Terry Muck and Paul Robbins.1