Friday, February 25, 2011

C.H. Spurgeon - Lectures to My Students Volume 1

For anyone thinking of leading a church, preaching on a regular basis, leading worship or leading a ministry this would be one of the books I would make mandatory reading (for church leaders the other two if I could choose only three would be "The Purpose Driven Church" by Rick Warren and "Courageous Leadership" by Bill Hybels).

The book is a series of talks given by Charles Spurgeon to his students on public speaking, church leadership, self leadership, leading meetings and so much more. Although written well over 100 years ago it comes with such clarity and relevance for today, as well as being incredibly humorous and easy to read. There a topics covered here I've never heard covered by anyone else, either in written or spoken form. Just to give you a flavour, the chapters include:

  • How to know if God has called you to lead a church
  • How to pray in private
  • How to pray in a public setting
  • Which books to buy if you can't afford to buy lots
  • The causes of depression in church leadership, and how to deal with depression (so relevant after the Cloudy Days in Summer conference)
  • How to tell stories
  • How to work out what passage to preach on any given Sunday
  • How to use and develop your voice
  • How to relate to people outside of a Sunday church meeting setting
That's only a flavour of what's in volume one, there are three more volumes which I can't wait to read (although I've got some other things to read first).

If you're a speaker or leader I challenge you to get hold of a copy and read it - you won't regret it. You can get it on Kindle and other eBook formats for only 70p - outrageous value!

Simon.

1 comment:

Adrian said...

Hi Simon thanks for that, for those interested you can access it for nothing on http://handlingtheword.net/SPU_LEC1.PDF Thanks Simon looks like a good read.