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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801014603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801014604
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Our worth is simply not measured by our church attendance, programs, buildings, and budgets. At least it cannot be, or it will cost us. In fact, it already has.

Pastor Shawn Lovejoy has seen false measures of success do damage in his own life. In his work as speaker, consultant, and coach, he's also seen them lead to pride, self-reliance, loneliness, isolation, exhaustion, and even self-destruction in the lives of other pastors. In this transparent, brutally honest, yet encouraging book, he calls us back to measuring our success as pastors 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.

With contributions from leading pastors, including

Larry Osborne
Steven Furtick
Mark Batterson
Chris Seay
Greg Surratt
and many more


"Too often we've listened to the false gods of competition and numbers instead of to the Holy Spirit and Scripture. Shawn offers us a needed corrective."--Larry Osborne, author; pastor of North Coast Church, Vista, CA

"An encouraging must-read for any pastor feeling discouraged, worn out, and worried that success will never come."--Greg Surratt, founding pastor of Seacoast Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC

"I wish I had this book when I started The Journey. I highly recommend that everyone who serves in the church read this cover to cover."--Darrin Patrick, author; lead pastor of The Journey, St. Louis, MO

"Shawn has given us a book filled with practical insight. I wish I could have gathered this much wisdom in one book when I set out to start my first church seventeen years ago. I would have avoided so many painful mistakes."--Chris Seay, author of A Place at the Table; pastor of Ecclesia, Houston, TX


Shawn Lovejoy is the founding and lead pastor of Mountain Lake Church and directional leader of Churchplanters.com, a coaching and resource ministry for church planters. Shawn, his wife Tricia, and their three kids live near Atlanta, Georgia.

About the Author

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.com to become one of the most influential church planting ministries in the world, and Shawn gives Jesus all the credit. Shawn loves his wife, his kids, the church, pastors, college football, and PlayStation3. In that order. He lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

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This book is a must read for anyone is ministry, not just lead pastors.
jmelvin123
Good to see everyone experiences problems and relying on God will always result in bringing Him glory.
moyeboy
I appreciated how Shawn Lovejoy addressed some very timely and relevant issues faced by pastors.
Edward Schuppe

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By owlyapple on May 10, 2012
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Thank you Shawn LoveJoy for speaking the truth and humbly sharing your own experience. My heart breaks for the burden that many Pastors carry that does not belong on their shoulders. I think The Measure of Our Success is a survival guide to ministry in our present culture of over achieving and over functioning Pastors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Henderson on May 7, 2012
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It doesn't matter what the subject is, people are looking for the silver bullet. Everyone wants to be better and get better at something. When it comes to ministry there is not a silver bullet. However, if you are looking for ONE book that could radically change your ministry this may be it. If you are in ministry you have your own mental scorecard as to how you evaluate how you are doing personally and professionally. This book will change your thinking, clarify what ministry is all about, and at the same time help restore your emotional health. This book is not about how to launch large, how to baptize more people, how to attract a crowd, or how to increase your offerings. Or maybe it is! Perhaps we have been looking for the answers in the wrong place. Perhaps our idea of ministry has been askew. Perhaps our idea of success has just about destroyed us. Rather that highlight thoughts from the book because yours will be different than mine, let me suggest that it is to your own peril that you delay in reading this book. Read it through once, and then go through it again with more reflection. My prediction: It will easily be in the top 5 books you read this year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wes bell on May 2, 2012
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What a timely read! "The Measure of Our Success" has challenged me to take a closer look at the metrics I use to gauge success, along with a heartfelt challenge to take the time to nurture the areas of life that matter most.

If you are Pastor or a leader in the church this book needs to get bumped to the top of your reading list. Thanks Shawn for taking the time to inspire and challenge us through your writing! I will be picking up copies for all of our leaders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jmelvin123 on May 2, 2012
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This book is a must read for anyone is ministry, not just lead pastors. It will change your perspective on God as well as expose many areas in your life that God wants to refine. This book not only is going to change the way I function in ministry, but my family life as well. Thanks for the honest, raw, and real way in which this book is written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Dash on May 2, 2012
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Pastors have a problem. The problem is simple, according to Shawn Lovejoy: "Somewhere along our ministry journey, things got tangled up in our hearts and heads. Our root problem is that we have exchanged God's definition of success for our own. We have begun to measure the way the world does."

Pastors, he writes, are driven by our need for affirmation, by numbers, activity, approval, and fame. We compare, copy, and condemn others. As a result, pastors are discouraged and discontent with the way their lives and ministries are turning out.

That's why Lovejoy has written The Measure of Our Success: An Impassioned Plea to Pastors. Lovejoy does three simple things in this book. First, he describes and critiques the standard way that we measure pastors. Second, he redefines success in terms of vitality, love, teamwork, and a focus on God. Finally, he offers a new set of metrics. Lovejoy writes:

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 minute I heard of this book, I knew I would buy it. It's been a long time since I devoured a book as quickly as I did this one. My copy is dog-eared and marked, and there are dozens of quotes begging to be tweeted. I found myself nodding in agreement many times as I read the book.

The most telling word in the subtitle is "impassioned." The thing that made this book so compelling is that it is written with so much passion. Lovejoy is a pastor, and he knows what it's like to measure ministry by the wrong standards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elsie L. Huebner on December 8, 2013
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This is well worth the read if you are a minister. Without taking affirmative steps in monitoring our time serving in ministry........it's easy to fall into "burn out."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vrobideaux on November 12, 2013
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Multiple times it appeared pastor Shawn was questioning the methods of churches only to find he was actually questioning our motivation. This was a good book to hone focus and 're-ask the question, "why am I doing this?" Good question for all ministry leaders to ask
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis on October 1, 2013
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This book has been the most realistic looks at the life of a pastor that I have ever came across!! I found myself relating completely as a minister to everything being said.....
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