I have never met a great leader who has it all figured out. If you ever meet someone who has it all figured out, be scared. A great leader constantly realizes how little he or she knows. Before I went to college, I thought I knew a lot. Once I got there, I realized how little I truly know. I have quickly learned that I must always be learning. I am like a sponge when it comes to pastoral leadership. I try to learn from many sources. Here are a few.
– Other Leaders. I love to watch other preachers online and watch other church services. I’m always watching for how they do things or how they operate. Some of my favorite leaders I learn from are: Perry Noble, Ed Young, Nelson Searcy, Craig Groeschel, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Steven Furtick (Just to name a few). Some of them are like mentors to me. I subscribe to some of their blogs and their insights have helped me grow in so many ways.
– Books. I’ve never been much of a reader, but my desire to learn has pushed me to reading. I am reading several great books right now. Check my books lists on the right side of my blog for my current reading.
– Bible. This is a no brainer and yet many people don’t read the Bible to learn from God. God teaches me things like forgiveness, love, sacrifice, faith and many other things when I read His Word with an open mind. One thing that I have learned the most from reading the Bible is that I am small and God is really big.
Always be willing to learn. Don’t even pretend that you have everything figured out…because you don’t. The more you learn from others the better leader you will become. Admitting that you don’t have all the answers is not a weakness, in fact it might be your greatest strength.