HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Men’s Training Class
Author: Jarrod M. Jacobs
Publisher: Jacobs Publications, 2018
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 13 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Jacobs, Jarrod M. Men’s Training Class (published in 2018 by Jacobs Publications, 5695 Caneyville Rd., Morgantown, KY 42261). “When I was a lad,” I did not serve “a term as an office boy to an attorney’s firm.” I did, however, participate in a number of “men’s training classes” conducted by the local congregation which my family attended. The purpose of these special classes, usually held one night a week for six to eight weeks every few years, was to help men and boys, old and young, in developing their skills to lead and/or serve in the public worship of the church. Topics covered normally included making announcements, leading singing, leading prayer, waiting on the Lord’s table, taking up the contribution, reading Scripture, giving a short talk (a.k.a. “extending the invitation”), and even preparing a sermon. I found the information presented in those classes to be extremely useful. Through the years, I have not seen a lot of good material available to provide for this need.
Concerning this short, 41 page book, author Jarrod Jacobs says in his introduction, “The purpose of these lessons is to help men become confident in leading the congregation in the public worship of the church.” There are six lessons. After an opening chapter on stage fright, the subjects presented are reading Scripture, leading songs, offering prayer, the Lord’s supper and collection, and making a short talk. The two greatest fears that appear in surveys of men are flying on a plane and speaking before an audience. Since God wants us to worship Him “in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:24) and expects things to “be done decently and in order” (I Cor. 14:33), then, by implication, it is necessary for men to lead and help in conducting this worship. Any male who has ever felt inadequate or uneasy about serving the church in a public manner should find this material very helpful and useful.