On Success in the Ministry


In my readings on vacation, I came across this quotation which I find most appropriate for today’s climate in the ministry. I commend it to you all:

“We must make srue that we do not decide that we shall succeed. If we decide to succeed then we may succeed without succeeding in God’s way. But if we go on from day to day seeking to do his will, then we shall be prepared to receive success from him if he wills it; and if he does not, then humby to say – it is God’s decision that David shall not build the temple, but he will raise up Solomon.” – W.A. Visser’t Hooft, as quoted in The Minister’s Prayer Book: An Order of Prayers and Readings, edited with an Introduction by John W. Doberstein (Fortress Press, 1986).


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About Michael A. Milton, Ph.D.

Michael A. Milton, Ph.D., MPA (University of Wales; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), is an American Presbyterian pastor, theologian, and author.
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