Mission Success or Ministry Failure

Author and speaker Warren Wiersbe gives us a good reminder that in ministry today we often judge our success by business growth standards, manufacturing mentality and market success. All of these successes can mask or be rationalized as great victories. Yet in God’s eyes we may be a ministry failure. I’m quoting Wiersbe today. As you gear up for summer camp ministry, may these words provide you with a gut check for your ministry focus.

“The working of God isn’t always predictable. Because the wind of the Spirit ‘blows where it wishes’ John 3.8, we have to be alert to set our sails in the right direction. It’s possible to ‘succeed’ in Christian work and be a failure in Christian ministry. ‘In whatever man does without God’, wrote George MacDonald, ‘he must fail miserably or succeed more miserably’. A sobering thought! The Psalmist declared, ‘And he gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls (Ps. 106.15).”

Warren W. Wiersbe; On Being A Servant of God, Thomas Nelson, 1993


About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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