Ministry Cannot Be Measured

Quantifying success in ministry is elusive, misleading, and a misplace of focus.

If someone has an addiction and they are set free from that tight hold…you cannot put that on a spreadsheet.

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If a broken marriage is repaired, checking it off a To-Do List doesn’t tell the whole story.

Seeing a potential artist/writer/leader/teacher/servant begin to live out who they really are…….well……it doesn’t make sense to just fill out a form, numbering between 1 and 10. It simply doesn’t work that way.

The addict may struggle again. The married couple may argue again. The artist/etc may temporarily forget who they are and how they do what they do. There is more to success and failure than outward appearance.

Success isn’t found in: saying no to drugs, not arguing, or completing a song/task.

Success is a deep wrestling match with realizing who you are.

May your realization be found with the paint brush, pen, guitar, by the river, listening to the ocean, feeling the breeze, hearing the Father whisper to you.

This blog post was inspired by a quote by Dave Terpstra (teaching pastor of The Next Level Church in Denver):

“I think our generation is approaching ministry more as an art than a science. Since the Enlightenment, ‘doing church’ has been seen as a science, and it was seen as linear, organized, with clearcut leadership principles. Our generation doesn’t see things that way anymore. We approach things more creatively, more organically.”


Photo by Ben Wesemann