Each Thursday, I write a post that is designed with church leaders in mind. Many of these Thursday posts, however, are applicable to those who are not church leaders. Church leaders and lay people both may find today’s post useful.
During July, I sat in a restaurant with a wonderful man in his 80s. He is a former college professor, administrator, and minister. He continues to think, grow, and make a difference. I asked him to lunch because of particular questions I had about life as well as ministry. I have always valued his wisdom from a distance. This conversation, however, would be in person and last about an hour and a half.
My friend was generous with his time, his insight, and his wisdom. After the conclusion of the lunch, I wrote several pages in my journal, carefully recording his answers to my questions. I have read through these notes several times. The conversation was one of the most valuable experiences I had in July.
One of the most important practices of my ministry has been creating the opportunities to learn from various people by simply asking questions. I will ask someone to coffee or lunch and then ask questions about life, ministry, or leadership. I have learned so much from these conversations.
I continue to seek out people whom I can learn from. Let me encourage you to do the same.