Geoff Chang

The Pastors’ College: Spurgeon’s Vision for Church-Based Training

January 12, 2021

Since the early days of his pastorate, C.H. Spurgeon tutored and trained up gifted young men for the ministry. Over the first seven years of his ministry, Spurgeon would send out seven ministers, and yet more men were approaching him for training. By the spring of 1861, with sixteen men under his care, the financial …

“More Pilgrims Are Come To Town!”: Learning to Grieve with Hope

January 5, 2021

For many churches, 2020 has proved to be a year of funerals. Pastors have walked alongside their people through the valley of the shadow of death and have buried many beloved church members. Yet, even as one who grieves with his people, the pastor must also model what it looks like to have hope amid …

Celebrating Thanksgiving by Thanks-Living

November 24, 2020

It is Thanksgiving season once again in America. This is the time of the year when we gather with family and friends to feast together, giving thanks for God’s goodness in the previous year. Here in 2020, however, Thanksgiving comes at a difficult time. For so many, this has been a year of isolation, uncertainty, …

Spurgeon on Pastoral Transitions

October 27, 2020

Founded in 1652, the New Park Street Chapel had been around for over 200 years when they called 19-year-old Charles Spurgeon to be their pastor in 1854. Like many other churches, this historic Baptist church went through many ups and downs throughout its long history. Reflecting on those pastoral transitions, Spurgeon shares nine lessons for …

When Revival Comes…

October 6, 2020

The first seven years of Spurgeon's ministry in London were marked by revival. In addition to the massive crowds coming to hear him preach, hundreds were being converted and joining the church. This was not due to any gimmicks or entertainments, but the plain and powerful preaching of the gospel. In 1858, Spurgeon preached a …

Spurgeon’s Hunting Dogs: The Evangelistic Hospitality of the Metropolitan Tabernacle

September 29, 2020

When Charles Spurgeon first arrived in London in the winter of 1853, the New Park Street Chapel had severely dwindled from its historic past. This congregation had once been pastored by men like Benjamin Keach, John Gill, and John Rippon, and had played a leading role among Baptists in Britain. But by 1853, they had …

Spurgeon and the Cholera Outbreak of 1854

March 3, 2020

As reports of the coronavirus spread around the world, pastors and church leaders are discussing how they should respond to the outbreak. Throughout church history, many pastors have had to think through similar challenges. As a young village preacher, Charles Spurgeon admired the Puritan ministers who stayed behind to care for the sick and dying …

Small Beginnings: C. H. Spurgeon at Waterbeach

August 8, 2019

Before he was the pastor of the largest of church in London, president of the Pastors’ College, founder of an orphanage and dozens of other charitable institutions, and read by people from all over the world, C. H. Spurgeon pastored a small Baptist church in the village of Waterbeach, about five miles outside of Cambridge. …

Meaningful Membership at Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle

February 8, 2018

In 1854, when Charles Spurgeon began pastoring at the New Park Street Chapel, he had a handful of deacons assisting him and a membership of 313. In just twelve weeks, they outgrew their space and began making plans to enlarge their building. As soon as that was done, they found themselves immediately in need of …

10 Lessons from Spurgeon on Luther’s Life and Ministry

October 26, 2017

On the 400th anniversary of Luther’s birth, Charles Spurgeon preached two sermons commemorating the event. In the morning of November 11, 1883, Spurgeon opened his sermon with these remarks: “Yesterday, four hundred years ago, there came into this wicked world the son of a miner, or refiner of metals, who was to do no little towards …