This is the caveat to my earlier thoughts on how preaching is a craft best learned through imitation of a master:
Find (and Don’t) Apologize for Your Voice
Any writer and any preacher needs to find their unique, authentic voice. I believe God calls us not in abstraction to fill a general role.
God calls us in our particularity to preach.
Our call is every bit as incarnational as our Savior.
Your call to preach necessarily entails your own individual voice. Too many preachers get frustrated thinking they have to be just like another preacher.
There’s no mold you need in which you must conform.
Believe me, plenty of my parishioners would love to squeeze every square inch of me into any other mold but me.
God can use your life, experiences and perspective to bring a Word no one else can bring. There should be vitality and urgency in your sermons, knowing you have something to say that no one but you can say.
The only rule about finding your voice is that there is no rule to finding your voice other than writing and preaching, writing and preaching, writing and preaching…learning what works and trusting your instincts….and trusting that your listeners will meet your gift with gratitude.