I'm reading through John Stott's Between Two Worlds and he recounts (p. 24) Martin Luther's "nine 'properties and virtues' of a good preacher" from Luther's Table-Talk, Of Preachers and Preaching...
- He should 'teach systematically' (through Scripture)
- He should 'have a ready wit'
- He should 'be eloquent'
- He should 'have a good voice'
- He should 'have a good memory'
- He should 'know when to make an end'
- He should 'be sure of his doctrine'
- He should 'venture and engage body, blood, wealth, and honour, in the Word'
- He should 'suffer himself to be mocked and jeered of every one'
Obviously Scripture is sufficient in supplying characteristics of the office of pastor-teacher (see 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3) but this is wise and practical counsel from a faithful torch-bearer of God's Word. Thoughts?