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Critique Your Pastor's Sermons

In your congregation is there a forum to discuss and critique the pastors sermons? If so has your pastor found this helpful?

Moderator - I have always just contacted the Pastor about their sermons in various churches I have attended. Everytime they have encourged me to do it on a weekly basis and it's important feedback. However, I am never seen a formal system.

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Robyn: "Pastors don't need our help."

If you allow pastors to teach a different gospel than Jesus taught, you are as guilty as they for misleading the flock.

"The pastor is required to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ."

But many pastors today teach a different than Jesus' gospel.

"We are required as followers in the church to read,study and interprest scripture, for ourselves."

Most Christians don't and rely mostly upon what the pastor says.
---Steveng on 10/13/08

You need to be winning souls for Christ instead of critiquing pastor's sermons. Pastors don't need our help. Even if they did they would probably feel the people(laypeople) are not qualified to critique them Pastors usually have huge egos. I don't think they would want to hear what is being said to them without some resentment, on their part.
The pastor is required to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are required as followers in the church to read,study and interprest scripture, for ourselves. You don't have to agree with everyone thing the pastor says. It is really ok to disagree.We just have to maintain the peace and order in the churches of God.
---Robyn on 10/12/08

For those of you who DON'T question your pastor's sermon, you are as guilty as they are for misleading the sheep.

Have you not read Ezekiel 3:17-21? If you do not warn you pastor about his error, you are guilty of leading that pastor and his flock away from God and God will find you guilty. If you do warn him of his error and he doesn't do anything about it, God will not find you guilty.

And that also goes for finding fault in people. Most Christians wrongly believe that judging is wrong.
---Steveng on 10/8/08

It is never a good thing by critiqueing the Pastor's sermons. If the Pastor says something that you don't quite understand or don't agree with him on, then go to him after the service and discuss it like Godly people should. People are not helping the Pastor by going behind his back and questioning his teachings. We are supposed to support our Pastor and have his back. If people goes behind the Pastor's back gossiping about him and his teachings, that is just plain wrong. And the church won't grow and will not become closer in Christ. There are some things I don't agree with my Pastor on, but I go to God and I ask God if I'm wrong in my thinking then show me, but if the Pastor is wrong, then show him so we can come to an agreement.
---Rebecca_D on 10/8/08

To Whosoever has an ear to hear?

We are never to critique in an unedifying way. But:

If by Critique you mean it in the sense of discussing the sermon with hope of coming into one accord in the Word of the Lord. Then this is what we all should be seeking to do after every service is over.

And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart(Act 2:46)

We are to continue in this today. To understand as one in the Lord is the reason for congregating. This is the goal of the pastor when he has a sermon, so he should be praising the Lord when the congregation has gained a heart to do the same with their lives!!!!
---Shawn.M.T on 10/6/08

denna7667: not easy sometimes. Especially when you know some things they do are not always right. But I have learned to deal with these churches. I left church for a long time years ago.. It was not a good thing to do. I can deal with them a lot better now. My pastor is ok. He preaches well but he is very prideful and seems to be money hungry.He has to be in control of everything. Just telling it like it is.
---Robyn on 9/16/07

Andrea: As I have said many times on these blogs. I am not here to lie.Hopefully I can help someone who maybe in the same position. I keep it real and tell the truth as I see it. These are my experiences and they are real. I have said in many blogs that I love my pastor, wife, and church family. My church is not perfect. Neither is yours. There are several churches on every corner here in Texas. I have many choices to worship anywhere. But why should I leave? Most all are run the same way now.
---Robyn on 9/16/07

Andrea: No I dont agree with everything my pastor says or does, for as that goes, but I don't have to bring that up to him, if I so choose. I am going to serve God anyway. I serve Jesus and not my pastor. I respect him(pastor)and does not care what he thinks about me. As long as I show love and respect to others that's all I care about.I am not looking to win a popularity contest.
---Robyn on 9/16/07

Robyn - I'm sorry but whenever you speak about your pastor it is never complimentary. Is it possible he knows what your thinking ?

I don't always agree with my pastor but when I think about saying that - there 150 people if 5% don't like something thats 7-8 people to go up and critique him.

fact is we don't remember 5% of what were taught unless its completely unscriptural go home and study.
---Andrea on 9/11/07


I'm glad I don't go to your church.

Most good pastors welcome the constructive criticism.
---denna7667 on 9/11/07

I do not critique my pastor's sermons. The most I do is follow up the scriptures he gives during the sermon. I do not discuss any parts of his sermon with him or any group. I find preachers very arrogant and prideful when you say something about the way they do things. Whether it is how they run the church, preach or anything. They want full obedience and full authority in the church. If you don't like something, you keep your mouth shut. Or find another church home.
---Robyn on 9/11/07

We have growth groups. A lot of them will discuss the notes from the sermon in more detail and dig deeper into the Word. I am not aware that any of them would critique the sermons.

I will e-mail my pastor and share my appreciation of certain points of the sermon, or ask specific questions if I need to.
---Madison1101 on 8/27/07

The best critique I have to say is this, "the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power", if what you teach and preach works in action then you have the truth in you, any other way and you are way off base. You need to be able to teach anyone in season and out of season too, this is when you know you have learnt your lessons well in The Lord
---Stephen on 3/11/07

the way I do it is ask questions, I work at a church where the member are atleast 30 years older than me. so I will bring up some nearly contriversal ideas and then discuss them according to tradition, actual history, and what the context is saying. Like I said some like it and some don't. I haven't really decided if it works that well but I sure think it's fun.
---Jared on 11/12/06

most of my critique is on the subject matter and if we should change our thinking. (I hold the critique of style and presentation to the elders only about 1 time every 3 Months) this type of critique is not always good because everyone thinks they can be better than the pastor but they usually aren't (if they say that they can do better than me I have asked them to preach on a wedsday and only 1 has) I'm a punk kid.
---Jared on 11/12/06

Jared, how does this work, I am so hoping that a critique of your sermon, is more of a helpful thing. My mind pictures it as a group saying this was wrong and this was boring, you could have said this better, if you had of listened to me alst week it would have been better, that kind of stuff. I just don't get it.
---bethie on 11/12/06

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I am a pastor and I have a critique every Sunday Evening. I find them very good. But for people that don't really care to think deeply about scripture to actually tell me if i'm off base or not they see it as being a repeat of the Sunday Morning Service. Most realy enjoy it, because they can have a voice instead of having to take the pastor's words as the ultimate truth. (Note every pastor needs a critique, without one he/she can't grow and the church can't say they are unbiblical.)
---Jared on 11/9/06

No. If one of us in my church has a problem with the Pastor's sermon then we would go directly to him after the service. Why discuss this behind the Pastor's back instead of getting a backbone and telling him face to face. If he is a true man of God he can take a little critizing.
---Rebecca_D on 10/16/06

Sounds like a good idea.
---Tommy on 10/13/06

I usually shake my Pastor's hand at the end of the service and tell him "good word, I loved it." I always try to encourage him in this area, not that he needs it, but because I want to do it. He preaches TRUTh and I love his style of TRUTHFUL preaching.
---Donna9759 on 10/12/06

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Even though we have a small congregation in a small town in North Canada we have several gifted people to do the preaching and teaching. We allow interaction in all services and are personally in touch and available to all our people at any time. The pastor is only one of many people who oversee our church and he is not bogged down with being the sole message giver.
---john on 10/11/06

At my church on Wednesday nights we have several groups that meet one is a "sermon resource group" any member is able to attend. It is not a critique after the fact but we discuss upcoming sermon topics in advance. Since our church is kind of big 4000 attending the senior pastor sees this as a way to be more in touth with the congregations needs since he's only one man.
---Linda32708 on 10/11/06

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