C. H. Spurgeon and Leadership


I am reading a book called C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership by Steve Miller.  I enjoy biographies and I enjoy selective biographies that focus on a paticular topic-like leadership.

Spurgeon was a British preacher in the 19th century and was known as the “Prince of Preachers.”  He was the pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in London for 38 years.  It is estimated that Spurgeon preached to over 10 million people in his lifetime.  Here is an outtake from the book on the role of prayer in Spurgeon’s life.

As a busy minister, Charles Haddon Spurgeon cherished the rare opportunities that allowed him time to visit with close friends.  On one such occasion, when Dr. Theodore Cuyler of Brooklyn came to Engalnd, Spurgeon invited him for a walk through the woods-another pastime Spurgeon loved yet seldom had time for.  During the walk, Spurgeon surprised his guest with a rather unexpected comment.  Their conversation must have been lighthearted and even mirthful, for suddenly Spurgeon stopped and said, “Come, Theodore, let us thank God for laughter.”  Later, when Dr. Cuyler spoke of this particular visit, he said, “That was how he lived.  From jest to a prayer meant with him the breadth of a straw.”  That incident is but one of many that demonstrates Spurgeon’s spontaneity when it came to prayer.  What stood out above all in Spurgeon’s life as a minister-even more than his extraordinary giftedness for preaching-was his diligence in prayer.  Not only was he faithful in the practice of prayer, he also bathed all of life in prayer.  In the introduction to C.H. Spurgeon’s Prayers, Dinsdale T. Yoiung observes that ‘”prayer was the instinct of his soul, and the atmosphere of his life.”

Leadership and the role of prayer-here is a life worth emulating and considering. You too might enjoy this book.

One response to “C. H. Spurgeon and Leadership

  1. Pingback: Making the Best Use of the Time God Gives Us « Kevin Nunez

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