I notice Steve Gaukroger has been quoted as saying preaching is in a worse state now than 25 years ago - at Keswick I think. I tend to agree with you Steve, but fear everyone will read 'the need to invest more in training' as being a question of finance and, in the credit crunch environment, not be too keen, Either that, or we'll take the defensive stance and defend why preaching shouldn't be given the place it once was etc. Interestingly, I was having this conversation with two old Spurgeon's College colleagues recently. We were in danger of sounding like grumpy old men, but there were not a few comments about how the old style of sermon classes (where you preach to the whole faculty and student body) could be quite harsh and hugely challenging experiences, but ultimately made you reflect more on how you come across than the present more pleasant styles of critique, which don't seem to prepare people to handle inevitable later criticism. So, if Steve's going to try and promote more decent preaching, go for it.
One of the things I pick up form people in congregations is the fact that too much preaching leaves them unmoved and untouched. Irrespective of how carefully the content is put together, if the preaching passes the listener by, it achieves nothing. Too many preachers are presuming their congregation will be convicted by truth, whereas they are looking to be led into truth by something more ..... human?