Preaching with Empathy

Crafting Sermons in a Callous Culture

By Lenny Luchetti Published
Preaching with Empathy
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Understand and love your listeners, to get preaching right.Preachers can find help from many resources to get the text right, the structure right, and the delivery right. Preaching with Empathy aims to help preachers and homiletics students learn to deeply understand and love their listeners, in order to get preaching right. Preachers who profess a love for God, Scripture, and preaching, but who lack loving empathy for the listener, betray their three professed loves and limit their fruitfulness in ministry. This book teaches how to practice preaching in new ways, incorporating a heightened awareness and empathy for the people in the preachers community. Author Lenny Luchetti provides immediately useful tools, all based on the foundations of scripture, theology, history, and social awareness. Readers will learn to embody Christ for their congregations, as they empathically love God and humanity.

This book is part of the successful Artistry in Preaching series, edited by Paul Scott Wilson. Other books in the series include Preaching as Poetry: Beauty, Goodness and Truth in Every Sermon, by Paul Scott Wilson; Actuality: Real Life Stories for Sermons that Matter, by Scott Hoezee; and Preaching in Pictures: Using Images for Sermons that Connect, by Peter Jonker.


The best preachers have a heartfelt concern for the listening congregation as they prepare their sermons. The tone and tenor of this empathic sensibility can be honed and sharpened. In Preaching with Empathy, Lenny Luchetti shows us how to accomplish this task.
Cleophus J. LaRue, Frances Landey Patton professor of homiletics, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

Luchetti gets specific in his analysis of how empathy fosters intimacy between pulpit and pew and motivates listener response. And he gets practical in his exploration of the obstacles to empathy and strategies for cultivating it. Preaching with Empathy is a welcome addition to the homiletical literature and a useful resource for both new and seasoned preachers.
Alyce McKenzie, Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor; director, The Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

As preachers we can become so immersed in the text, so consumed with a creative idea in delivery or illustration, or so captivated with a message delivered by another that we unintentionally miss profoundly connecting with those receiving the message. Empathy is a bridge between Gods living and active word and the deepest longings of those who listen. Preaching with Empathy equips us to build that bridge.
Wayne Schmidt, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church, Indianapolis, IN

About the Author

Lenny Luchetti

Dr. Lenny Luchetti is Professor of Proclamation and Christian Ministry at Wesley Seminary of Indiana Wesleyan University. He is responsible primarily for the development and teaching of the preaching courses the seminary offers. He is the author of several books, and is ordained in The Wesleyan Church with degrees from Houghton College and Asbury Theological Seminary.