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Wise leaders never stop learning and growing
If we continue doing things the way we have always done them, sooner
or later we will become ineffective. This
is especially true of pastors and churches because God is always doing “a new
thing.” Whatever worked last year does not necessarily work today. Unless we
learn this lesson we will find ourselves out of step with life – and with God.
We have only to study the life of Moses to perceive this profound
truth. The great biblical leader Moses learned this lesson the hard way. He
made the costly mistake of trusting the ruts he had walked in rather obeying
God. As a result of his disobedience Moses failed to receive blessings that God
wanted to give him.
I heard Rick Warren expound on this subject.
many pastors I found help in
comes across as a very genuine and humble man. He is confident without being arrogant.
He has helped many pastors identify the leadership traps that can ensnare
One such trap is the temptation to stop growing. Success can lead to arrogance.
When a pastor stops learning, he stops growing. When he stops growing, he stops
leading. Good leaders are learners. And they never stop learning and growing –
or they stop leading.
That’s what happened to Moses. He stopped growing and became inflexible. For
awhile Moses was teachable. He listened and obeyed. God taught him that he
could find water for the Israelites by striking a rock. Moses obeyed God,
struck the rock, and water gushed forth.
When the people needed more water, God told Moses to “speak” to the rock to
obtain water. However Moses ignored God’s command and did what he had done the
last time to obtain water; he struck the rock. God did allow the water to come
forth but he informed Moses that his disobedience would keep him from entering
the Promised Land.
Criswell served as pastor of
Rick shared how unworthy he felt when Adrian Rogers asked him to tell the other
pastors about his church. As he began sharing he was stunned to notice the
great W. A. Criswell taking notes! No wonder he was such an effective leader;
after preaching for over 50 years, Criswell was still learning!
I take notes when
Good leaders never stop learning and growing. Good pastors, even old pastors,
never stop learning and growing – or taking notes when a younger leader is
speaking. No matter our age, there is still much to learn. + + +