A lot of young guys in ministry read books that could be titled How I Grew My Mega-Church by the Age 35. These books get published, bought, and read because these are examples of success. These are the models of how to accomplish great things. They stir the hearts of young guys in healthy and unhealthy ways.
I have a few of these books on my shelf too. But when I think about where several of these pastors are today, I think a title for the sequel could be How I Blew Up My Ministry by the Age 45. I’m sure these sequels wouldn’t sell as many copies to starry-eyed hopefuls, but they should be required reading too. Don’t follow a blueprint until you see how well the building lasts.
Maybe the best book for young guys in ministry to read is The Tortoise and the Hare. Slow and steady. Win the race.
1 Cor. 9:24-27