How Does a Pastor Measure Success?

Jason Micheli —  February 10, 2014 — 3 Comments

So much of what I do as a pastor is ephemeral.

It’s hard to step away from the pulpit and know if a sermon will survive any longer than the moment that’s just passed. It’s difficult to sit by a hospital bed and discern if you’ve been anything more than simply kind, if you’ve been helpful. Or true. I do believe in measuring. I believe numbers matter because people matter to God, but I also know that in ministry there are not as many quantifiables as some would like to pretend. Still fewer are the tangible outcomes produced by ministry.

One of them, however, is the mission work made possible in part by my congregation, and thus in part, by me.

I hope it sounds neither sentimental nor self-interested that I find a great sense of fulfillment in knowing that I had a small role to play in the Community/Clinic getting built in Chikisis, Guatemala over 2012-2013.

Not only will the center house service teams in a region of the Highlands otherwise too remote to help, it will serve as a gathering spot of indigenous women in the region to receive medical training and o

ther empowerment skills.

Here are some photos taken by our most recent team of the center as well as some photos of digging the central sewage lines for the community- part of our larger Guatemala Toilet Project in Chikisis.


Jason Micheli


3 responses to How Does a Pastor Measure Success?

  1. Through your leadership, Aldersgate has been able to do wonderful things for the people of the Guatemalan highlands. Nothing can trump making a difference in people’s lives !! Good for you!

  2. When I showed my friend from Guatemala the pictures, she was humbled by our church’s gifts to her country. May we continue to recognize our over abundance and use it to benefit those with less.

  3. Sarah Lynn Mertins February 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Looks awesome. Cannot wait to see it in person.

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