Successful? In Ministry?
Success in ministry can be a tough thing to pin down. If you say success means a big church, then 82% of churches in American are unsuccessful because they have less than 100 people. And the lives of some of those with “big churches” are wrought with frustration & burnout & worse. Shawn Lovejoy’s book The Measure of our Success is a helpful tool to remind us about what really matters in ministry & church life. And the questions at the end of each chapter are a great way to recalibrate your current health as a leader & what you’re measuring in your ministry. Adding this one to my annual review list. Here’s a few of my favorite quotes.
- the greatest temptation that I face is substituting what I do for God, with who I am with God.
- If our attendance growth comes at the expense of our ability to disciple people, we have not been successful.
- Jesus didn’t say, “Go and grow large,” he said, “Go and make disciples.”
- Your responsibility is to be faithful. Not to be God.
- is your family on your schedule? You will schedule what’s important to you.
- We don’t use people to get tasks or ministry done; we use tasks and ministry to get people done
- TEAM: Together Everyone Accomplishes More
- The only way we can escape criticism is to say nothing, do nothing, & be nothing.
- Jesus experienced highs & lows. So will we.
- Do you trust God enough to take him at his word when he says resting every six days is best for you?
- Filling our auditoriums is good. Filling heaven is better.
- Christian community that is not reaching unchurched people is not Christian community; it’s consumerism.
- The Church is not the hope of the world. Jesus is the hope of the world. He has simply chosen to extend hope through his people, the church.
Here’s a few of the questions at the end of each chapter that I haven’t been able to forget:
- What would it look like for your church to measure more by the story than by the number? How could you express this shift in your church?
- Is there a specific courageous conversation you need to have or decision you need to make? If so, what do you need to do?
- What are some ways your church could heighten your capacity for making disciples?
- How do you think your church could make Jesus and his gospel more central to everything you are and do?