How do pastors measure success? Is it through the number of people who fill the pews on Sunday morning? Is it tied to programs, building projects, salary, or book deals? Is it about how much technology they use or what their worship band sounds like? Shawn Lovejoy has seen all of these measures of success lead pastors toward pride, self-reliance, loneliness, isolation, exhaustion, and, in the most extreme cases, self-destruction.
In this honest and encouraging book, he calls pastors back to the "main thing"--the call to love people and make disciples--and to measure their success the way God does. Using Scripture, personal examples, and case studies, Lovejoy gently leads pastors back to their first love, and in doing so he leads them toward a more effective and joy-filled ministry.
Shawn Lovejoy is the founding and lead pastor of Mountain Lake Church, the directional leader of churchplanters.com, and the author of The Measure of Our Success. God has used Mountain Lake Church and churchplanters.com to become one of the most influential church planting ministries in the world, and Shawn gives Jesus all the credit. Shawn loves his wife, his kids, the church, pastors, college football, and PlayStation3. In that order. He lives near Atlanta, Georgia.
Shawn Lovejoy hits an important nerve with this challenging and insightful exposé of what real success in ministry looks like. Too often we've listened to the false gods of competition and numbers instead of to the Holy Spirit and Scripture. Shawn offers us needed corrective.
author, pastor of North Coast Church, Vista, CA
Shawn has given us a book filled with practical insight. I wish I could have gathered this much wisdom in one book when I set out to start my first church seventeen years ago. I would have avoided so many painful mistakes.
author of A Place at the Table and pastor of Ecclesia, Houston, TX
Pastor Shawn Lovejoy is a great man of God who has translated a lifetime of ministry experience into practical wisdom. The Measure of Our Success will not disappoint any humble leader who desires to achieve their full potential in Christ.
lead pastor of Elevation Church, author of Sun Stand Still
If anybody knows about what real success in the trenches of ministry and life looks like, it is Shawn Lovejoy. He's a fantastic leader and a person of character who everybody should be learning from!
Central Christian Church, Las Vegas
I wish I had this book when I started The Journey. Shawn diagnoses the problem and offers practical solutions for pastors who want to not simply survive but thrive in ministry for a lifetime. I highly recommend that everyone who serves in the church read The Measure of Our Success cover to cover.
lead pastor of The Journey, St. Louis, MO; author of For the City and Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission
Real tools for real leaders. Shawn Lovejoy gets to the root of the problem and puts out an all-important call to pastors to radically alter our measure of success. The church is ready for this, and so am I! Are you?
author of Plan B, senior pastor of Cross Point Church
Shawn is a practitioner with a passion for the church and her leaders. In The Measure of Our Success, Shawn speaks from his heart about taking a deeper dive into our motives and values as the church. He shares from his wealth of experience as a gifted leader.
author of XEALOTS: Defying the Gravity of Normality
An encouraging must-read for any pastor feeling discouraged, worn out, and worried that success will never come.
founding pastor of Seacoast Church
Finally a book from a pastor for pastors that confronts head-on the crap we all face. Shawn offers not just an assessment of the problem but practical advice on how to live differently going forward.
executive pastor of Granger Community Church
Shawn Lovejoy is a gifted leader who tells the gutsy truth about pastors and leadership in The Measure of Our Success. In it he delivers practical insights for healthy and productive church leadership.
executive pastor of 12Stone Church; author of Amplified Leadership
This book will be a great tool for helping us trade in our own ideas of success in ministry for God's idea of success.
pastor of preaching and vision, The Austin Stone Community Church
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