Preachers, avoid these 10 things when in the pulpit.
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Most pastors have been nervous about delivering a sermon at one time or another. Here are 10 approaches you should stay away from when in the pulpit:

1. Make it about you, not Jesus.

2. Let the Holy Spirit just lead you on the spot (not also the week or two before in your prep time!).

3. Forget to use your clutch (also called "transitions") as you switch gears between points.

4. Preach like a Texas steer ... a point here, a point there and a lot of bull in-between.

5. String together random verses to support your outline instead of drawing your sermon from a strong exposition of God's Word.

6. Steal your sermon outlines from someone else instead of wrestling through your own.

7. Take 30 minutes to make a 10-minute point.

8. Make people feel like they need to do more for Jesus to truly accept them.

9. Overuse or underuse humor, stories and illustrations.

10. Refuse to give the gospel.

Greg Stier is the president and founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries, which is mobilizing teenagers across America to share their faith. Visit him at

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