Pretty badly, especially since some of the most ardent preachers often have no idea what they are talking about.
Preaching should be about bringing the 'good news' of salvation to the lost, and about teaching disciples to 'obey all that Jesus commanded' (Matt 28v20). Preaching can hurt the church in a very negative sense when it stops being based on a straightforward exposition of the Word, and slips into the preachers platform for venting his own frustrations, feelings, and opinions. However, even if you stick to the Word, it can sometimes 'hurt', but in a positive sense. This is when it brings a Holy Spirit conviction regarding sin, leading to repentance. If somebody is hurt by the Word but it leads to a change that makes them more Christlike, then that is a good thing.
As a preacher, I try to keep myself in check by listening back to myself to help me to improve the clarity of my delivery, and by encouraging discussion of the message in mid-week home groups. That way, the church has the opportunity to challenge what was said (in a non-confrontational way, I should add!), so that nobody is put in the position where there they have to simply swallow what was said without question.
Often some preachers will say what people want to hear and not what they need to hear. Others will use theology that is based on lining their own pockets. The minister can do good or bad depending not only on their words but their actions as well. Preaching, like several TV evangelists, can just be ear candy... Sweet to hear but not nourishing.
Bad preaching can lead the congregation in the wrong direction, allow them to be complacient, and have nothing to do with the bible. Good preaching is a real challenge, whether people believe it or not. :-)
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