Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ambition / Success

"I am convinced that personal pastoral ambition, and a pastoral ethic centered around productivity and success is brutal to our souls and destructive to the souls of the people we lead. I believe there is a better way. But it requires us to walk right into the messiness of our own ambitious hearts, ready to die to those ambitions. We must become skilled at detecting the odor of personal ambition, then flee from it as if the church's future depends on it. For I believe it does."
- Kent Carlson
Thanks to Dying Church and Barry Clarke.

1 comment:

Brett Probert said...

Now that will preach. This is probably the greatest temptation of any pastor...