“To set aside figures and speak plainly, the ministers of Christ should ever have their souls filled with love of their Master, so that like Him they may endure hunger and thirst, poverty and toils, reproaches and insults, persecution and death. In a word, they must have that love and degree of it that never shrinks from the cross, giving to their souls the endurance of an ox, the meekness of a lamb, the courage of a lion, the innocence of a dove, the swiftness of an eagle, and omnipotence of Him whose victory was greatest when He suffered most! Yes, a minister’s moral character must be so exalted that he will be an example of the believers.”

~ Bishop Daniel A. Payne (1811-1893)