Skye Jethani's Immeasurable: Reflections on the Soul of Ministry in the Age of Church, Inc. means to refocus ministry away from all those silly business metaphors we pastors hear regularly, and place it back on the work of God in Jesus Christ for the world's sake. If you're like me, and you grow weary with all the consumerist microwave-esque cultural trends in church leadership, Immeasurable is the book you need to read.
Here, Jethani encourages pastors to take a look at what they are doing and reflect on the benefits of what they are doing. Jethani argues that our churches have succumbed to the consumer culture rampant in America, and that it's causing pastors to be overworked and burnt out. We've begun to build our churches after business models. We've created programs and services to grow numbers, but are we growing disciples? Jethani brilliantly captures a truth that most of us know in our hearts, but seem unwilling or unable to combat in our lives: You can't program faithfulness.
Each chapter shares Jethani's reflections on a particular issue, and pastors (and other church leaders) will find enough fodder for reflection that you'll take your time. At the end of the chapters, Jethani includes a couple questions for readers' reflections. These questions not only challenge the pastors to reflect on their leadership but also encourages them to seek counsel and admonishment from other members of their leadership team.
In our culture -- where newer, bigger is always better -- Jethani stands as a prophet to say to the priests: Fidelity to the work of God in Jesus Christ is all that matters.
I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest review here.