The Turnaround pastor's most effective professional development tool.
More important than biblical languages. More important that seminary education. More important than professional certification.
The only “tool” that surpasses the value of other people is the call to ministry and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Consider the following three scenarios.
Scenario 1 – developing assertive leadership
A young Asian seminary student is working as a Youth intern at a West coast megachurch. In his six month evaluation he receives feedback that he's not assertive enough when dealing with Jr. High kids on field trips. Over lunch he discusses this with his peers in the Youth Department. He evaluates their input and calculates the degree to which his cultural background contributes to the dilemma. He enlists the help of his peers who guide him in developing an effective strategy to be more assertive with the kids.
Scenario 2 – improving homiletics
The senior pastor of a mid-sized Midwestern church receives criticism of his preaching during an annual review. He's told that since he started his doctoral studies his preaching has become dry, pedantic and disconnected from “where the people really live.” He consults with a two trusted Board members who help him develop preaching guidelines and agree to provide weekly input into the Sunday sermons.
Scenario 3 – enhancing staff relationships
The Lead Pastor at a large, Midwestern congregation receives a 360 feedback that he is inaccessible and indifferent to his staff. After some personal reflection he decides to discuss this with several of the senior staff to determine what he can do to solve this perception. He initiates a process of visiting regularly with the junior staff and enters into mentoring relationships with several of them.
Each these pastors gained improved ministry skills through mutually beneficial relationship activities.
And do you know what the net cost to each was?
Other than a few momentary ego bruises the outlay was zip, zero, zilch.