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Qualities the World Looks for in a Preacher

Martin Luther, Quoted in Leadership, Winter Quarter, 1988, p. 135

He must have a fine accent. He must be learned. He must be eloquent. He must be a handsome person. He must take no money, but have money to give. He must tell people what they like to hear. Qualities and virtues of a good preacher: Able to teach in a right and orderly way. A good head. A good voice. A good memory. Know when to stop. Be sure of his material and be diligent. Stake body and life, goods and honor on it. Suffer himself to be vexed and flayed by everyone.