Dan Fabricatore has posted a helpful reflection on the book The Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain Murray. Today, there is a tendency to count heads in order to judge a successful ministry from a non-successful ministry. This wrong-headed approach to ministry undermines a biblical view of success which is defined in terms of faithfulness to truth (cf. Joshua 1:7–9). Spurgeon rejected this unbiblical view but sadly the true Spurgeon has been forgotten by many who regard him as a hero today. The life of Spurgeon in many ways embodies the conviction expressed in the words of the Apostle: “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or an I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Gal. 1:10). Spurgeon had a theological foundation that caused him to shun the man-centered view of visible results in ministry.
Dan is a local church pastor and I would imagine that he has a special affinity for Spurgeon since they share some common traits including a strong pulpit ministry, a zeal for the gospel, and an apparent gifting towards mentoring men for ministry, whether it be in his congregation or formally in a seminary enviroment. These are necessary traits that must continue to be cultivated by pastors today. Check out Dan’s thoughts here: Spurgeon on pastoral ministry.