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Author: Shawn Lovejoy
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Measure of Our Success, The: An Impassioned Plea to Pastors by Shawn Lovejoy

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Shawn Lovejoy hit the nail on the head with this book. He hits so many issues you need to go back over it again and then analyze it with your team and a coach. Lovejoy speaks to the wounded soul who has chased after all the measures that typically define success and in his energetic way slaps you in the face while making you feel loved. I recommend pastors take their church staffs thru this book.

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. Shawn loves his wife, his kids, the church, pastors, college football, and PlayStation3. He lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

In Measuring Of Our Success An Impassioned Plea to Pastors Pastor Shawn Lovejoy writes to address Pastors and ministry leaders of the dangers of ministry burnout and how to overcome it. This book is a brutally honest, transparent, yet encouraging book that calls Pastors back to measuring our success as ministry leaders the way God does. Using Scripture, personal examples, and practical insights, Lovejoy leads us back to our first love and, in doing so, toward a more effective and healthy ministry. We will get honest with God and each other, and we will ask God to help us rediscover his measure of success (27). The Measure of Our Success by Pastor Shawn Lovejoy will help those fresh out of seminary or Bible college as well as those who have been in ministry a long time to not only to address the idols of their hearts, but to apply the Gospel to all of our lives.

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Shawn Lovejoy loves fellow pastors and desperately wants them to thrive in ministry. But, as he explains in his book The Measure of Our Success, he fears far too many pastors feel discouragement and discontentment instead. The reason for this malaise? Pastors are using the wrong metrics for gauging successful ministry. A view from the trenches. Lovejoy’s insights emerge predominantly from his own failures and successes in ministry, as well as from observing pastors and church planters within his ministry networks. He knows how pastors think. Lovejoy proposes different ways of weighing our ministries. In one the most powerful chapters (Ch. 5), Lovejoy calls pastors to recover the most forgotten metric : love. He notes how easily we see people as means for accomplishing our church’s goals. We must stop using people to get ministry done.

His new book, The Measure of Our Success, was debuted during the conference and we see it as one of the most important reads for Pastors in recent times. Ytrimble May 7, 2012 at 10:22 am. If you think it is tough being a pastor you ought to try being a missionary! Ignored, forgotten, marginalized and that is just the beginning. And I am referring to the greatest soul winners one of the toughtest fields in the world has ever seen. We are not the trend, we’ve been eclipsed first by nationals and then by short term missions. However we persist answering the call on our lives, laying up lots of treasure in heaven.

My good friend Shawn Lovejoy has a new book coming out May 1st called The Measure Of Our Success. I asked Shawn a few questions to allow you to get a glimpse into what his new book is all about. It’s going to be a great resource for pastors. Measure of Our Success Interview: Scott: Shawn, you’ve been blogging for many years, but Why a book & Why now? Shawn: Well, believe it or not, I don’t love to write. I’ve personally wrestled with this; and I’ve watched thousands do the same; and it’s literally killing many of us! Thus, this impassioned plea to pastors is for all of us to radically alter our measures of success. Scott: What are some key concepts that you draw attention to and write about in the book? Shawn: Sure. Much of the book comes out of my own experience and story of being sifted! Hi, my name is Shawn, and I’m a workaholic.

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.
Reviews: 7
How do we measure success in ministry? Have Christian leaders used the wrong metrics to measure the spiritual fruits of ministry? Is it ok to use the measuring standards of the world and apply them to the Church? These questions and many more are answered in three ways. Firstly, Lovejoy gets up close and personal with the "standard measurements" of ministry success. Things like high activism and drivenness among ministry workers; the strong need for affirmation; the numbers game; the program focus; the three unhealthy Cs of comparing, of copying, and of condemning ministry work. Over time, if not understood properly, one will not only fail to keep up with maintaining the standard measurements, one will even fall badly.

Secondly, the author works on redefining true success in terms of:

Spiritual, emotional, relational, intellectual, and physical vitality
People are our ministry; Loving them is our tapestry.
Teamwork with people of character, care, clarity, conviction, and culture
Willingness to pay the price to obey God rather than human preferences
Dealing constructively with all kinds of criticisms
Preventative measures to avoid casting the quitting card.

Thirdly, the author focuses on what really matters, and what needs to be the true measure of success in ministry. Instead of numerical growth, focus on conversion growth. Do not stuff oneself with spiritual meat without the corresponding fruit. Leaders need to spend time meaningfully with leaders or leaders to be, instead of aimless superficial mingling with crowds. Christology is first, not ecclesiology. In other words, we cannot kid ourselves by thinking that the Church is the vehicle of salvation for the world. It is Christ alone. Knowing when to step down is not a mark of failure. It is a mark of wisdom and spiritual success.

My Thoughts

Having a wrong metric will lead to erroneous use of precious resources in ministry. This book carries with it a crucial message for us. It is a necessary book for those of us interested in learning how to measure success in ministry. Personally, I do not like the word 'success.' It has too many connotations with worldly metrics. That said, the use of this word connects very well with all people. Moreover, I think it is basically used in a "for lack of a better word" sentiment. I appreciate the real world application aspect that comes at the end of every chapter. Prominent leaders like Larry Osborne, Mark Batterson, Steven Furtick, Tony Morgan, Chris Seay, Pete Wilson, and many more, provide helpful insights into the chapters offered by Shawn Lovejoy. It is like a book led by one central author, supported by contributors toward the same goal: moving away from false measurements toward true measurements of ministry success. Let me close with this wonderful words of Lovejoy.

"We must not seek to please people. We must please God.
We must not seek to fill auditoriums. We must fill heaven.
We must not seek fame. We must make Jesus famous.
We must not seek our agenda. We must proclaim his agenda.
We must not quit if we are called. We will quit if we are not.
The measure of our success is clear. It is laid out for us in Scripture. If we muddy the waters with our own desires and expectations, we will ultimately fail in the very thing we have given our lives to: our ministries." (180)

Can we do both? That is, both worldly success as well as spiritual success? I like to think we can, but the principle behind Matthew 6:24 seems to indicate only one way. Everyone likes to be a part of a growing church. The key question is not the numbers or the experience of being part of a vibrant body, but whether the Church is glorifying God. Beware of churches that shoot up quickly, but when the elements and the trials of life appear, members leave and that church wilts away.

This book may very well save you from falling into the treacherous potholes of ministry. It is not for the sake of our ministry that we need to adopt appropriate and healthy metrics for measuring our effectiveness and fruitfulness in ministry. It is for the sake of the world that we try to measure up to the godly standards that Jesus has put forth for us. That said, we can only do so much. It is the Holy Spirit that does the ultimate work: Pointing all to God.

Rating: 4 stars of 5.

This book is provided to me free by Baker Books and Graf-Martin Communications (Resourcing Leaders Program) without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.
This book offers a very good take on both sides of the coin of measuring pastor success: he describes the common and tempting ways we should NOT use to measure our success - and then some good and biblical metrics we SHOULD use.

One of the book's greatest strengths is having each chapter end with an insight by another person (usually a pastor) on the same topic. This is novel, and because the short essays of insight are not "rubber stamps" of the chapter, it shows a good measure of humility on the author's part to permit them in "his" book.

As the subtitle indicates, the book is written with a consistently "impassioned" tone, but it is not whiny, and seldom accusatory of practices he disagrees with (though he does go there a couple of times). There's plenty of good stuff, so you can toss out the 2 or 3 bones and profit from the rest. The author says he's basically writing a confessional piece, urging pastors not to do what he did in his early years of ministry, and the book carries a ring of truth to one who's been there and "done it that way before" - and has repented. In this way, it sounds a lot like the path other pastors have traveled who might be "Type A" personalities: flying 24/7/365 with afterburners on takes a toll on a person and on all the people around them. You either have a meltdown, or change your ways.

Oddly, with such a strong focus on the principle that "success is being faithful with what we have," there is only a single minor reference to Jesus' parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30 and Luke 19:12-27). This parable is THE classic biblical justification of the principle.

I greatly appreciated his point about "Culture Trumping Vision." Pretty much everyone who pastors a growing or large church teaches that Vision-casting is the key to moving forward and expanding. The author rightly points out that even the best vision will go nowhere if a church's culture is unhealthy. If your church has culture problems, you've got to work on that first. He points to Samuel R. Chand's excellent book on this: "Cracking Your Church's Culture Code."

The book is very good. There aren't many books with so many - and such a variety - of good and actionable pointers for pastors.
"The main reason so many of us are struggling stems from our definition of success," writes Shawn Lovejoy.

The moment I read the subject matter of this book I knew it was a book I needed to read. Whether it was the Holy Spirit prompting or just plain luck, I felt as though this book was needed - and I was right.

Lovejoy writes, seemingly about me: "Let's be honest: as ambitious self-starters, we can so easily begin to work for Jesus at the expense of working in and through Jesus."

I needed to read this book to be reminded that:
* Other people feel the same struggles I do
* It's hard to attempt to measure success in ministry
* The sole purpose of why I do what I do is Jesus
* I have permission to rest and take days off
* I must make God my number one, singular, no questions asked priority every, single, day.

"In short, we have forgotten God's most important command for all of his followers, the only measure of true success: love."

I can't recommend this book more. Please, if you are a pastor, a ministry leader, or someone who is actively involved in church leadership, read this book. It's a HUGE success.
Super P
Shawn Lovejoy hit the nail on the head with this book. He hits so many issues you need to go back over it again and then analyze it with your team and a coach. What are we measuring our success by? Is it numbers? If so you will find a hollow victory waiting for you at the end. Is it affirmation of the masses? You will find that fleeting. Lovejoy speaks to the wounded soul who has chased after all the measures that typically define success and in his energetic way slaps you in the face while making you feel loved. I recommend pastors take their church staffs thru this book.