How I Measure Success
Let me answer this question by quoting my personal vision statement:
“I have a vision to see God’s church bring increasing glory to Him as it develops Biblically mature disciples; people who passionately pursue Christ honoring relationships within the Body and redemptive relationships with those who don’t yet know Christ.”
My key roles of influence in helping His church accomplish this vision are as a Biblical Communicator, an Organizational Leader and a Congregational Shepherd.
This statement sums up what success in the role looks like to me. It is a statement that in simple form communicates both my goal and my role.
My goal is to make disciples.
I’ve already described to you what a disciple looks like: a person who has experienced true conversion and is now growing in community, celebration, contribution and the cultivation of God’s Word in his or her life. If I can see God use me as a pastor to see an increasing number of people grow in these qualities I will be satisfied. The extent of the number of these people is God’s business.
I am not numbers driven. But I am numbers expectant. I believe as we build the quality of our disciples, they will increase in number. Healthy churches grow.
The growth of the churches I have served has always been observable and consistent, emerging from the impact of God’s Word faithfully opened and healthy leadership decisions faithfully made. I expect that to continue.
My role is to be a communicator, a leader and a shepherd. This matches the three fold responsibilities of a pastor in the New Testament.
A pastor is first and foremost called to feed the flock (2 Tim. 4:2). He is to provide milk for the new born and meat for the mature (1 Pet. 2:2; Heb. 5:11ff). When Jesus called me back to ministry some years ago, He told me to Feed His Sheep (John 21). I am going to do that.
A pastor is also to lead the flock. Sheep need to be led, not just fed. This means living as a example (1 Tim 4:12) and developing others (Eph 4: 11ff) as well as directing the church as a body in the best efforts possible to reach a lost world for Christ (Matthew 28:18ff). I am going to do that.
A pastor is also to keep his flock. (Titus 1:9). This involves defending the truth in his teaching and making sure that false doctrine or other deception does not afflict the flock. If Biblical truth becomes a casualty in a church, all is lost. I will protect that.
If I can accomplish my vision as stated above to the best of my ability and in full integrity, I will be satisfied. The quality of my efforts and the quality of the disciples I leave will be my greatest marks of success.
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