Digging around in the DG archives, I listened to this stellar talk today from Kent Hughes, "Pastoral Success and the Cross of Christ." (Link fixed)
This is a talk Hughes gave at the 1989 Desiring God Pastors' Conference, follow his 1988 publication of Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome. It's a gripping reflection on his struggle with the "success syndrome," coming to understand pragmatism, and he and his wife's search for a biblical definition of ministry success.
Really: This ought to be required listening for every man in any kind of ministry, and for every Christian involved in a local church.
In a word: encouraging.
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