According to J.C.Ryle , William Romaine ( 1714-1795 ) had a unique attitude regarding his preaching and the issue of inquirers . Ryle said of Romaine : It was not uncommon for him to tell those who came to him with cases of conscience and questions of spiritual concern , that he said all he had to say in the pulpit . Ryle's words about Romaine are thought-provoking . What is your opinion ? There are many diferent kinds of preachers . I guess all of them would not be in the pastoral mold . Rather they labor in the Word and doctrine . Most of these men have large congregations . It doesn't necessarily mean that they were anti-social .Other pastors in the church did the pastoral work . Men are gifted in different areas . Jonathan Edwards supposedly studied 13 hours per day in sermon prep , John Cotton 12 hours a day for the same purpose . But Increase Mather ( 1639-1723 ) holds what seems to be a record 16 hours of study per day . I had mentioned in another thread that Richard Baxter's sermons were very long -- with one particular message lasting to the point of fleshing-out 66 main points . Yet he also took the time to personally instruct his church members house-to-house . That was all done by the most prolific Puritan writer ( when so many wrote very extensively . ) And many of these men and others not from the Puritan era preached 10-14 times per week !