Pastor, Do You Want Cheap or Fruitful Ministry?

All spiritual ministry flows from the reality of our knowledge of God and the vitality of our fellowship with Him and His Son. A successful, fruitful ministry does not just happen — it is purchased. And the more influential the ministry, the steeper the price. It cannot be paid with a lump sum; we pay for it in gradual increasing installments. There is no such thing as a cheap, fruitful ministry.

J. Oswald Sanders, Enjoying Intimacy with God, p. 118

The True Spiritual Leader

True greatness, true leadership, is achieved not by reducing men to one’s service but in giving oneself in selfless service to them. And that is never done without cost. It involves drinking a bitter cup and experiencing a painful baptism of suffering. The true spiritual leader is concerned infinitely more with the service he can render God and his fellowmen than with the benefits and pleasures he can extract from life. He aims to put more into life than he takes out of it.

J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, p. 20