Holy Community
No Spiritual Life? (Series: The Personal Life of the Minister)

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18

Lectures to My Students

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

“Whatever his natural gifts, whatever his mental powers may be, he is utterly out of court for spiritual work if he has no spiritual life; and it is his duty to cease the ministerial office until he has received this first and simplest of qualifications for it.”

I have worked closely with pastors for nearly thirty years, and it never ceases to surprise me to learn that many – perhaps most – of the pastors I’ve known have a very shallow spiritual life. They don’t pray much. Their time in the Scriptures is all business – getting ready to preach. The practice of spiritual disciplines is a now-and-then, on-again-off-again activity. They have almost no sense of spiritual vision and very little excitement in their walk with the Lord. No wonder the flocks of God are so marginal to life in our society.

Pastor, is your spiritual life what it ought to be? Are you drinking deeply and lingering long at the Fountain of grace and truth?


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[1]All quotations are from C. H. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1973).



Pastors: Special Opportunities at the Wilberforce Weekend Conference, April 26-28.

Make your plans now to attend the Wilberforce Weekend Conference, “Making the Invisible Kingdom Visible,” in D. C. We’re planning a number of activities within the program focused especially on pastors and the work of the Kingdom. Check out the information page here, and make your plans accordingly.

Seeking the Kingdom:
A Worldview Church Webinar Series

Join the Kingdom Conversation
Our conversations concerning the Kingdom of continue on the first Monday in February. You may register either for the 2:00 or the 9:15 sessions. All sessions are free.

The focus of our February conversation is on awakening.Awakening is what revived people and renewed churches bring to the culture and society around them. There have been many seasons of awakening in Church history – some national or international, others more local – and we believe God can move in such a way in our own day. But we need to know what to pray and how to prepare.

If you’re already on our list of webinar participants, we’ll send you the worksheet for February. Otherwise, if you’d like to join us, send an email to T. M. Moore at tmmoore@ailbe.org and he will send you the document, What We Seek: A Kingdom Manifesto, and a worksheet to help you prepare for January’s conversation. Now more than ever in our lifetimes, we need to be earnest about seeking the Kingdom of God. Join the conversation and let’s help one another in this high and holy calling.

Pastor to Pastor brings the insights of great servants of God from the past to pastors in our own day, to link our ministries with theirs in the grand tradition of building the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Philemon 7

Spiritual Friendship

Aelred of Rievaulx (1109-1167)

“A human being without a friend is like a beast: for he lacks someone with whom he can share his joy in prosperity and his sadness in adversity, to whom he may unburden his mind when he is preoccupied, with whom he may talk whenever he has had a particularly sublime or illuminating insight…That person is completely along who has no friend.”

St. Brigid said that a man without a spiritual friend is like a man without a head. He can’t think clearly, can’t see the world as it really is, and doesn’t even know what’s wrong with him. Aelred says that those who have no friends are like beasts – competing for everything, wary of everyone, consumed only with, well, consuming. True spiritual friends care about our souls and seek, like Philemon, to bring refreshment and renewal to our hearts, that we might know joy and comfort. This is what it means to be a true spiritual friend.

To whom are you a true spiritual friend like this?