In light of much of the chagrin regarding felt needs preaching, here are just a couple of points to ponder regarding this subject matter: 1. Many modern fundy/evangelical preachers disdain felt needs preaching as being too subjective or audience-driven and indeed preaching exclusively for felt needs falls short of the overall purpose of preaching. However preaching for felt needs must be a part of the goal in preaching. Felt needs are a reality no matter how much we may or may not deny them. It is important for preachers to address felt needs from a biblical perspective. In my opinion, a preacher who fails to do so has failed to help apply God's Word in the lives of his people. At the same time, preaching cannot be driven by felt needs alone. As we all agree, people also have hidden needs of which they are unaware. It is also the goal of preaching to make people aware of their hidden needs (through the work of the Holy Spirit and relevant preaching). At some point as the Holy Spirit awakens the hearer to those hidden needs (often through the message of the preacher), the hidden needs become felt needs and the hearer responds. Felt needs preaching is a must. But it must not be isolated from the reality of hidden needs preaching as well. 2. Those who often harp the loudest against felt needs preaching often base the rest of their ministries on felt needs. I have been to multitudes of mega-church / semi-mega churches that have every program under the sun available to meet the needs of their people. Everything from divorce care to health club equipment to aerobics classes to men's ministries to gymnasiums to cooking classes. Indeed a person can often spend 7 days a week in a local church subculture if he/she so desires. All of these ministries are designed to meet particular needs. So often those who attack felt needs preaching from the pulpit (or at a denominational meeting) are those whose entire ministry philosophy is actually based on felt needs. And that my friend is what we call irony. Just some casual thoughts from an innocent observer who seeks to strike the balance between felt needs preaching, teaching, and ministry. Keep it simple and keep it relevant.