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Spurgeon on Leadership (13): Six Lessons on Leadership for a World in Crisis

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1. A nation looks to its leaders for guidance and direction in times of national crisis. At the young age of twenty-three, Spurgeon was requested to lead a special prayer service for the country in a time of trouble in India. 2. A Christian leader to whom people look for … Read More »

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Spurgeon on Leadership (12): Seven Lessons on Suffering

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1. Leadership always comes with a cost. That cost often takes a toll on the personal well-being of a leader from within. Spurgeon suffered greatly throughout his ministry, especially from rheumatic gout, which led to severe depression and other complications. 2. Depression can afflict even the greatest leader. Abraham Lincoln, … Read More »

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Spurgeon on Leadership (11): Seven Lessons on Criticism and Conflict

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1. Controversy is unavoidable for the person who seeks to be faithful to the Lord’s calling. Spurgeon wrote, “Controversy is never a very happy element for the child of God. . . . But the soldier of Christ knows no choice in his Master’s commands…” Jesus counseled His disciples that … Read More »

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Spurgeon on Leadership (10): Nine Lessons on Compassion

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1. Effective leaders balance “strong convictions” with a loving spirit. Although he was tough in personal discipline, Spurgeon was sensitive when it came to his pastoral role with people. He wrote, “With all his maturity and firmness, the spiritual father is full of tenderness, and mani­fests an intense love for … Read More »

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Spurgeon on Leadership (9): Nine Lessons on Creativity

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1. A creative God calls creative leaders to exercise creativity in their work for His kingdom. Spurgeon believed fully in infinite possibili­ties and used all of his creative energies to communicate the gospel. 2. The message of the gospel does not change, but the manner of its presentation may be … Read More »

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Spurgeon on Leadership (8): Nine Lessons on Commitment and the Family

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1. The leader who prioritizes a commitment to his family honors the God whom he serves. Spurgeon gave great attention and devotion to his family, as evidenced by their testimonies in his Autobiography. His wife and sons grew to love and serve the Lord under his influence. 2. A godly … Read More »

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Spurgeon on Leadership (7): Nine Lessons on Courage

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1. A true leader is willing to stand by the courage of his convictions. When it came to leadership issues related to sin and righteousness, Spurgeon yielded no ground whatsoever. If he encountered error, he would confront it. “We must not allow sin to go unrebuked. Yield in all things … Read More »

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Spurgeon on Leadership (6): Nine Lessons on Casting Vision

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1. Leaders and organizations must have a vision to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world. Spurgeon recognized the need for a new vision upon his arrival in London to serve as pastor of a declining inner-­city church. We must show our people the way forward. 2. Effective leaders are … Read More »

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Charles Spurgeon on Leadership (5): Twelve Lessons on Character

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1. Authentic leaders exhibit an uncompromising standard of moral character. It is no coincidence that Spurgeon’s legacy as a Christian leader is due in large measure to the fact that he exhibited steadfastly the highest moral conduct throughout his life. 2. The early development of character is crucial to the … Read More »

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Charles Spurgeon on Leadership (4): Seven Lessons on the Minister’s Calling

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A Christian leader must first be led by God before he can lead oth­ers. The principal foundation of leadership is our life of faith, based on our personal relationship to Jesus Christ. “Brethren, you are not meant for anything but God; therefore, surrender yourselves to God, and find in Him … Read More »

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