Baylor University recently named 12 individuals as the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, according to a survey by the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
The 12 include NRB members Alistair Begg, Tony Evans, and Charles Swindoll. Others on the list are Joel Gregory, Timothy Keller, Thomas Long, Otis Moss III, John Piper, Haddon Robinson, Andy Stanley, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Ralph Douglas West.
“We have 12 people who were chosen by the most people to be most effective preachers,” announced Dr. W. Hulitt Gloer, director of the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching. “We’re holding these 12 up as people who meet the criteria as judged by people who teach the criteria.”
The new survey is a follow-up to Baylor’s 1996 survey, which first sought to determine the qualities of an effective preacher, and then determined who best incorporated those qualities in their preaching ministry.
In 2016, the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching sent the criteria from Baylor University’s 1996 most effective preachers survey to more than 500 professors of homiletics for their input on criteria for the new survey.
The criteria were then reconstructed based on recommendations, and seven dimensions of effective preaching were identified: “Biblical/Exegetical,” “Relevance,” “Person of the Preacher,” “Theological/Orthodox,” “Sermon Form,” “Effective Communication,” and “Delivery.”
Based on the criteria, 12 preachers were ultimately identified as “most effective.”
In clarifying what is meant by the title “most effective,” Gloer explained, “They may not be the most effective preachers, but they do exemplify the criteria.”
“And we would like for that to be the reason that they’re held before us,” he continued. “ If you want to look at somebody who does what the professors of preaching say should be done in a sermon, then you can look at this person, or this person, or this person.”
For more details, visit at baylor.edu/truett/12preachers.
By NRB Staff
Published: May 3, 2018