Back on May 7, Tony Miano posted this essay entitled "Ten Practical Reasons Why Every Pastor Should Support Open-Air Preaching," and he was kind enough to ask me to review/link to it. I think I linked to it via Twitter without even reading it because I'm that big a fan of Tony. However, even as a fan, I have some brief comments about the essay which, I think, will improve both me and Tony -- and if we are blessed, you the readers also.
It's a great essay. It speaks to the multifaceted ways actual, real-life ministry results in actual, real-life discipleship. It is entirely worth your time to read it rather than read my book report of it.
I have one brief objection -- in fact, I have only one thing to say about one word in the whole essay which, I think, we should ponder: the word "should."
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As you can see, "should" means that it's part of the expected package -- it's like Sunday worship, or administering baptism. It doesn't quite mean "must," but it indicates obligation.
Personally, I don't think that Tony meant to say that it's every pastor's obligation to support open-air preaching. I think he actually meant that if a pastor is looking for a biblical, sound, spiritually-fruitful avenue of ministry to lead his church in, one good option is open-air preaching. Perhaps the title should read, "Ten Practical Reasons Why Every Pastor Can Support Open-Air Preaching," and we could all nod in a manly way to each other and move on.
I agree with everything else Tony says in that essay -- I agree with all the benefits he lists, and I'm especially pleased that he listed "Missional" as one of them. I think if there were more Biblical, Missional, Long-Suffering, Loving open-air preaching ministries directly associated with Loving, Discipling, Unified, Prepared local churches, we'd be living in a different sort of world.
Think about it. Discuss in the comments. See you next week.