We're all sinners. Even preachers. Everyone knows that. But how much should we reveal in the pulpit about our own struggles? In this era of self-disclosure, pastors debate whether personal revelations help the congregation or hinder them.
These preachers have very different approaches, for very good reasons.
•Todd Hahn pastors a postmodern congregation of young believers and seekers.
•Alberto Guerra pastors a suburban Hispanic church.
•Joe Stowell ministers to college student at Chicago's historic Moody Bible Institute.
Keep It Real
My audience wants me to be honest, especially about myself.
The people I preach for are mostly 20 to 35 years old, many of them not Christians, which means they are not much impressed with me.
They don't assume that I am smarter than they are, or that because I'm a pastor I'm worthy of any particular respect. They wouldn't dream of calling me anything but "Todd." And most don't need convincing that either ...1