Okay, so this post is 99% self-promoting. . . with the help of an awesome volunteer who oversees the technology for the local school district, my church has started making my sermons available as MP3 files online, both through our site and also on iTunes. I went today and subscribed to myself . . . not sure what that says about me.
My preaching isn't earth-shattering stuff by any means, but it is easy in my own mind to imagine that I am pretty good at it. Then I listen to myself, and I realize I have a long way to go. I preach with no notes at all, but do use MediaShout software to project the key points of my message on a screen for the congregation to follow along. I arrange my thoughts to follow the slides on the screen, and that gives me the mental framework for delivering my message. I know I could have a better delivery if I went back to manuscript preaching, but I'd rather keep practicing at preaching without notes until my delivery that way is as good as it would be with a manuscript.
So how do preachers get better, other than simple practice? I listen to those I respect the most. I have iTunes subscriptions to some preachers that I really like, and I think that in listening to them, my own preaching improves.
My question is for preachers out there - do you listen to your own preaching regularly? Do you have other preachers you listen to (or watch)? If you do either, does it help you get better?