There are three lists of pastors that I’ve been keeping track of in my head. Maybe you’ve been keeping some similar lists yourself.
I haven’t kept these lists consciously. Until now, anyway. But after several recent episodes in which pastors have landed on these lists in some dishearteningly conspicuous ways, I started becoming aware that I was keeping them. So now it’s time to come clean about them.
They’re lists of pastors who have flamed out, traded down, or held strong.
Success or failure in ministry isn’t always obvious. The tendency to exchange the best things for less-than-the-best is hard to resist if we don’t keep ourselves alert to it.
We seldom celebrate consistency, integrity and humility as much as we should. But those are the character traits that make for real ministry success. And they should never be traded for anything less.