I have been given the opportunity to do some reviews on some books from a few different publishers. Some of them do not quite fit into the focus I have for Living Infuzion, but obviously have some good information. Here are some of my perspectives on some pretty good books! Enjoy!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Measure of our Success: An Impassioned Plea to Pastors – written by Shawn Lovejoy.

Publisher’s Synopsis

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.- read less

My Review

Having grown up in the church, and been in a family that was part of the leadership structure, I have seen the way “success” in the church has been measured, both good ways and bad. In this book, Pastor Lovejoy brings people back to looking at people and the impact of the Gospel on their lives, and moving people around some of the stumbling blocks of measuring based on attendance and financial partners. This book is challenging to pastors of small churches as they struggle to make it, as well as to pastors of large churches content to ride on their numbers and money.

Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Books in exchange for an honest review.

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