There is nothing new under the sun! Read this, by Charles Spurgeon!
My good ministering brother, have you got an empty church? Do you want to fill it? I will give you a good recipe, and if you will follow it, you will, in all probability, have your chapel full to the doors . . .Wow. Timeless. This could be the opening message for one of our StraightUp Conferences! Read the whole thing here.
Read your Bible and preach it as you find it in the simplicity of its language. And give up all your Latinized English. Begin to tell the people what you have felt in your own heart, and beseech the Holy Spirit to make your heart as hot as a furnace for zeal. Then go out and talk to the people. Speak to them like their brother. Be a man amongst men. Tell them what you have felt and what you know, and tell it heartily with a good, bold face; and, my dear friend, I do not care who you are, you will get a congregation.
But if you say, "Now, to get a congregation, I must buy an organ."
That will not serve you a bit.
"But we must have a good choir."
I would not care to have a congregation that comes through a good choir.
[h.t. Justin Taylor > Pyro > Spurgeon Archive -- wow. My hat might fall off if I tip it any more. :-)]