How do you define success? Lots of ministries are into "pragmatism" and its all about results. The end justifies the means is no doubt the philosophy of our day. I was reading a commentary on Timothy and the author stated that Paul never mentioned success or results to Timothy, he only mentioned faithfulness. However those with results will always claim they are faithful, but they may or may not be. Evangelism that emphasizes convicting the conscience over the intellect can never boast of lots of decisions or large results. I once visited a church that had less than 10 attending and the pastor was very very deep, but also very very boring and non dynamic. Was he a successful pastor? Ministries that hardly touch on sin, but get lots of decisions and results are they successful? Lots of small churches & ministries that are frowned upon by many because of the lack of size and results. Are they successful or failures?