Not all of you who read this blog are people of faith, but many are, and some of you are preachers, looking to increase your speaking ability and influence. From time to time I’m asked how long a preacher should preach. We all know “it depends” on context. But think about this: Very seldom have we ever complained when someone shortened it up a little. Often we have complained when people go too long, looking like they’re in a perpetual holding pattern.
So let me reframe the question, and then give you my answer. “How long is too long for a preacher to preach a message?”
The answer? 31 minutes