Preacher is a term the for someone who preaches sermons or gives homilies.

Some believe a preacher is distinct from a theologian by focusing on the communication of the doctrine rather than the development of the doctrine. Others see preaching and theology as being intertwined. Preaching is not limited to religious views, but it extends to moral and social world-views as well. Preachers are common throughout most cultures. They can take the form of a Christian minister on a Sunday morning, or an Islamic Imam or Da’ee on a Friday afternoon. The point of preaching is to inform or convince the hearer of a certain world-view or belief. For this reason, many nonreligious persons shun preachers and accuse them of forcing beliefs on people. Preaching also serves as reminders and encouragements to people who already subscribe to the preacher’s beliefs. For many, the term preacher is derogatory, while some consider it an honor.

Other Usage of the Word “Preacher”

Preacher is also the author of the Book of Ecclesiastes according to the King James Version. Preacher is the translation of the Hebrew word קהלת (Qoheleth). There is much debate about the identity of the Preacher, and some suggest it is Solomon.

Preacher can also be used as a nickname for someone who feels the need to share their faith and beliefs, either religious or secular.




  • sermon: an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
  • sermon: a moralistic rebuke; “your preaching is wasted on him”

  • A sermon is an oration by a prophet or member of the clergy. Sermons address a biblical, theological, or religious topic, usually expounding on a type of belief or law (preaching).

  • proper preaching and teaching is nothing less than sharing the divine oracles of Almighty God! It is declaring God’s truth to inform the ignorant, eblighten the mind, stir the emotions, and challenge the will. It is declaring the whole counsel of God in such a manner that everyone who listens is aware of the divine message and the divine presence. Proper preaching might also be known as “bridge building” between the Biblical world and the modern world! (from John RW Stott, “Between Two Worlds”)

  • is the giving of modified Laws and statements of truth so arranged as to incline the hearer from darkness into Light, with an appeal to live in Light.


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