(You can tell I’m enjoying Proclamation And Theology, can’t you?)
The preacher is the one who is ordained by the church to engage in listening to the text in behalf of the church, listening to the church so that the preacher might listen with them to the text. Preachers are sometimes characterised as great talkers. But if we are effective and faithful, we are actually good listeners.
William Willimon, Proclamation And Theology, Abingdon Press, pg 41.