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The Measure of Our Success
An Impassioned Plea to Pastors
by Shawn Lovejoy
Publisher:Baker Books imprint of Baker Pub. from Lion
A book written by a man for other men, of which my first impressions were that it is alien and very male. Deeper into the book, I found some valuable advice about being a pastor and the pitfalls we can encounter, even though the concept of "success" which recurs struck a wholly discordant note with me.
I am not sure if this is theological, ecclesiological, national or gender-based discord; perhaps a mixture of them all. When Lovejoy talks of how Jesus "measured success", of how he and his fellow pastors and the American 100 most successful churches measure their success, I find myself thinking that the intended reader of this book is not a female full-time Anglican parish priest working in rural ministry, but male, preferably "Conservative Evangelical" (sorry about using a label) and working in an environment where there is a large number of potential church members.
As someone who has a background in sociology [many years ago], I found this book fascinating from a sociological perspective; how the culture in which we are born and nurtured affects how we are as Christians and how it affects how we write about it, even though we are often unaware of these affects.
Reviewer: Pam Sanders (26/02/13)