We hardly measure success in ministry on faithfulness anymore–faithfulness to one’s calling, faithfulness to the preaching of the Word, faithfulness to the people you minister to, faithfulness to the community where you minister.
It’s the I-belong-to-Paul-I-belong-to-Cephas-I-belong-to-Apollos drama all over (cf. 1 Corinthians 1-4). It’s not healthy!
It stinks, Andy Stanley!!!
However, on a more positive note, I think of the many faithful pastors that I know, who are faithfully grinding it out in their local ministries–simply being faithful to the Lord, the people he has called them to, and the communities he has called them to.
They are not caught up in the glamor and glory, nor the numbers. They simply love the Lord and his people.