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Liberating Ministry From the Success Syndrome

R Kent HughesBarbara Hughes
Liberating Ministry From the Success Syndrome
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Liberating Ministry From the Success Syndrome

R Kent HughesBarbara Hughes

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Every year thousands of God's servants leave the ministry convinced they are failures. Years ago, in the midst of a crisis of faith, Kent Hughes almost became one of them. But instead he and his wife Barbara turned to God's Word, determined to learn what God had to say about success and to evaluate their ministry from a biblical point of view.

This book describes their journey and their liberation from the "success syndrome"-the misguided belief that success in ministry means increased numbers. In today's world it is easy to be seduced by the secular thinking that places a number on everything. But the authors teach that true success in ministry lies not in numbers but in several key areas: faithfulness, serving, loving, believing, prayer, holiness, and a Christlike attitude. Their thoughts will encourage readers who grapple with feelings of failure and lead them to a deeper, fuller understanding of success in Christian ministry.

This book was originally published by Tyndale in 1987 and includes a new preface.



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About "Liberating Ministry From the Success Syndrome"

Every year thousands of God's servants leave the ministry convinced they are failures. Years ago, in the midst of a crisis of faith, Kent Hughes almost became one of them. But instead he and his wife Barbara turned to God's Word, determined to learn what God had to say about success and to evaluate their ministry from a biblical point of view.

This book describes their journey and their liberation from the "success syndrome"-the misguided belief that success in ministry means increased numbers. In today's world it is easy to be seduced by the secular thinking that places a number on everything. But the authors teach that true success in ministry lies not in numbers but in several key areas: faithfulness, serving, loving, believing, prayer, holiness, and a Christlike attitude. Their thoughts will encourage readers who grapple with feelings of failure and lead them to a deeper, fuller understanding of success in Christian ministry.

This book was originally published by Tyndale in 1987 and includes a new preface.


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Meet the Authors

R Kent Hughes

Kent Hughes was in pastoral ministry for 41 years, the last 27 as senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton. He earned his BA from Whittier College (history), an MDiv from Talbot Seminary and a DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children and 21 grandchildren. He retired from his pulpit ministry at College Church and was given the title Senior Pastor Emeritus in December 2006. He continues to be involved in training pastors biblical exposition and preaching.

Barbara Hughes

Barbara Hughes has many years of experience as a pastor's wife. Married to Kent Hughes, pastor of College Church in Wheaten, Illinois, she is the author of Disciplines of a Godly Woman and co-author with her husband of Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome and Common Sense Parenting. She is the mother of four children.

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Real success found!
5 stars By Joel Radford, Dec 26 2012
Success is something everyone hungers after. And rightly so. The Christian should crave to hear his Master say, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'

However, measuring success is tricky because the method by which you measure success differs from one area of life to another. And what ends up happening is that a measure of success in one realm is wrongly used to measure success in another.

In this helpful book the Hughes (a husband and wife team effort) attempt to counter the measurement of pastoral success through numbers - usually numbers of people. In a very honest account of their own experience, the Hughes tell the story of feeling like failures early on in the ministry due to a declining church plant. This despair led them to explore the Biblical model of success which then proved helpful for themselves and also produced this book to try and help others.

In eight easy to read chapters the Hughes teach us that the Bible understands Biblical success as faithfulness, serving, loving, believing, prayer, holiness and attitude. These chapters are then followed by chapters designed to encourage the pastor, the pastor's wife and congregations to be successful.

I found this book enormously helpful. Far too often Christians are wrongly interested in counting heads to measure success. This usually results in discouragement for themselves and others because they end up calling work unsuccessful that God would call successful.

I would suggest all pastors read this book. I would also suggest all Christians read at least the chapters defining success (so that they can be successful too!) and the chapter on how to encourage their pastor - it will be a great blessing to him. 
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  • Catalogue Code 266813
  • Product Code 9781581349740
  • ISBN 1581349742
  • EAN 9781581349740
  • Pages 208
  • Department Academic
  • Category Leadership
  • Sub-Category Church Leadership
  • Publisher Crossway
  • Publication Date Jan 2008
  • Sales Rank #77217
  • Dimensions 209 x 133 x 14 mm
  • Weight 0.235kg

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