Here’s some of what I’ve been learning lately:
The importance of learning – One of the smartest pastors I know always says that he’s learning from me. At first this puzzled me. Now I’ve figured out that he approaches every conversation with a learning mindset. He models for me the importance of asking good questions. I’m learning from him how important it is to continually learn, not just from books but from others and from life.
The importance of finding good role models – For years I had a lot of the right theology, but not many examples of people who were applying that theology effectively in a similar context. Now I’ve discovered quite a few and it’s helped me a lot. Some of these models are ones I have to observe from a distance, but others are friends. I love guys who are robust theologically, clear thinkers, and neck-deep in ministry. Every time I’m around them, I’m encouraged.
Trajectories matter – I’ve watched people in ministry long enough to see the trajectory of their lives. I can see how easy it is in ministry to become embittered and wounded and less healthy. I get that. I also see some pastor friends who seem to be increasing in humility and grace and exude joy. I’m trying to learn everything I can from them. Coincidentally, these guys have a solid grasp on the gospel and are working out the implications of the gospel in their lives. They demonstrate for me the importance of watching one’s life and doctrine closely (1 Timothy 4:16).
The importance of church planting – My ministry has been about church renewal more than church planting. I have a growing desire to be part of church planting as well. Some of the most effective ministries I see are church plants. I’m growing to see the importance of church planting more than ever before.
I’d love to hear what you’re learning.