The Lay Preacherís Handbook:
Author:Charles O. Eldridge
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First Steps in Homiletics
When Charles Eldridge penned The Lay Preacherís Handbook,
there was little to no provision for training for those who did not feel called
to ordination or full-time ministry, but did feel called to preach. Many who
were thus called found themselves, due to geography or difficult circumstances,
unable to access higher education in the ministry. Before the days of
denominational home study courses few materials existed to fill the void.
Eldridge (A Popular Exposition of Methodist Theology) endeavored to
supply the need, using this book as a launch point for further practical study.
The principles he asserts are still valid. (For example, he urges preachers to
speak in English village squares. Today that would be the equivalent of leaving
interstate highways and driving out into rural areas to find small towns with
painfully few churchesóor none at all. The principle is unchanged.) Across the
nation, churches now go wanting for any preacher to answer the call and
supply pulpits. For any dedicated person who is willing to answer a call to
feed the flock of God, whether called to ordination or service as a lay
preacher, this book is a wonderful addition to the working library. Time spent
with this handy little volume will be a good investment that will pay dividends
for years to come. (Trade paperback)
This Schmul Publishing Co.
edition is not a scanned facsimile of a used book. It has not been ďupdatedĒ or
edited into modern English, punctuation or grammar, but is accurate to the
authorís own style and usage. The text has been carefully proofread for accuracy
and formatted for easier reading by todayís readers. Every effort has been made
to prevent disordered text.