What does a successful pastoral ministry look like? There is a predominantly held view, that a successful pastor is going to have a growing thriving congregation, with new people being added regularly. But what if God has called you to a tiny community? How big is your church going to grow, if there are only 70 people in the whole area? And what if the community you are being sent to, doesn't even know they need you? Some church planters will only go to a place if the studies show a particular community as having a lot of growth potential, or that because of certain conditions, a church would have a lot of potential there.
But Jesus came into the world, not because there were many waiting, and all prepared. He came because of His love for us, and that love was not earned on our end. Romans 5:8 says, "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."