“An overseer (episkopos) then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach….” (I Timothy 3:2)
Most preachers would rather preach than teach.
Even the names say that, don’t they? We call pastors “preachers,” not “teachers.” And yet….
In seminary, we used up an entire class period one day trying to figure out the difference in preaching and teaching. By the end, we had given up.
Each of us has our own understanding of how they differ. Here’s mine.
Think of preaching as exhorting and proclaiming in order to change lives; think of teaching as imparting information and insights in order to inform the mind and change the heart.
Teaching can be an important but minor part of preaching, and exhorting may be one component of good teaching. But the major chord of preaching is proclaiming, and the major thrust of teaching is conveying insights and truths.