Many years ago, when I was just dreaming of entering the ministry (still in college), I got to meet Dr Edmund Clowney. He kindly autographed a book on ministry for me (the first one on the subject I ever read). He was a kind, godly man who took time for me — and left a good impression. (More recently, his IVP book on THE CHURCH has been very useful.).
Click on the photo for a TRIBUTE page for Dr Clowney (1917-2005).
Today I spotted this quote attributed to him. It’s right on the mark.
“The stairway to the ministry is not a grand staircase but a back stairwell that leads down to the servants quarters.”
That’s a great quote.
Or, as a friend of mine told me, when you’re in the ministry you ought to think of yourself as no more than a foot washer…