The biblical fact is that there are no successful churches. There are, instead, communities of sinners, gathered before God week after week in towns and villages all over the world. The Holy Spirit gathers them and does his work in them. In these communities of sinners, one of the sinners is called pastor and given a designated responsibility … to keep the community attentive to God.
Eugene H. Peterson
I became my own only when I gave myself to Another. C. S. Lewis
The minister's shortcomings simply cannot be concealed. Even the most trivial soon get known.… However trifling their offenses, these little things seem so great to others, since everyone measures sin, not by the size of the offense, but by the standing of the sinner.
Once I was down at Kentucky Lake in Paducah, Kentucky, and I saw several white plastic milk jugs floating on the water. When I asked what they were doing out there, I learned that a fish line was tied to each of them, with a baited hook attached.