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Reflections on "Spurgeon the Pastor"

What should faithful ministry look like? In Geoffrey Chang's recent book  Spurgeon the Pastor, we are given a front row seat in the Metropolitan Tabernacle, the thriving church Spurgeon pastored in the mid 19th century. We gain a glimpse of the ministry practices that guided Spurgeon's pastorate.  While many know Spurgeon the Preacher, fewer are familiar with Spurgeon the Pastor. In painting a portrait of Spurgeon's pastoral ministry, Chang includes chapters on preaching, church gatherings, the ordinances, membership, leadership, congregationalism, congregational ministry, and leadership training. If you're paying attention, these items map quite neatly onto Dever's Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, which is no surprise, given the theological commonalities between Sprugeon and Dever and given that Chang served on staff with Dever.  There is much for 21st century pastors to glean: the centrality of preaching, the importance of church discipline, and the necessity of ra

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