Supply and demand have been inverted. In the past, there was a high demand for preaching, but finding a decent sermon was a hard task (you may have to travel for miles). Nowadays, a huge number of brilliant sermons can be downloaded and streamed online, and yet in our increasingly secular culture, the cultural demand for preaching is at an all time low. In this article from Premier Christianity magazine, Church leader Skye Jethani outlines the dilemma and proposes a possible solution.
I am a preacher. For hundreds of years my craft was in high demand. People travelled inconvenient distances to hear my sermons, they paid for my training so I could improve my skill, and they sacrificed to supply me time and space to study and write my weekly monologues.
But now the forces of modernity and technology have conspired against me. Seemingly overnight the conditions that made my vocation valuable have disappeared. I feel like a lamplighter at the dawn of the 20th Century, watching the cold glow of Edison’s lights replace the warm flicker of flames across my city. People still need light, just not mine.
Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!