Just because you finished school doesn’t mean you’re finished.

I remember the feeling of nearing the end of my senior year in high school.  It seemed like it took a lifetime to get through it! (kind of did)   I was so ready to be done.  Then I graduated and felt the expectation of going to college.

I eventually went to college and experienced that same feeling again.  I’m ready to be done with this whole learning thing!

Yet, as I get a little older in life, I realize that just because school is out it doesn’t mean we should stop learning.  Honestly, if you have any kind of vision or dream for you life that you are chasing…you will always be learning!

If you want to become a CEO, you will constantly be learning how to lead at higher levels of management.  If you want to become a professional chef, you will regularly have to learn new recipes.  If you want to become an effective leader, you will have to sharpen your leadership skills.

My staff often gets called upon by other churches who want to know what we’ve learned about technology or church growth.   In fact, we have a church visiting us today to see our facility and what we’ve done with it to reach people in a relevant way.  We see it as an honor to help other churches with what we’ve learned.  But the trap is to think, “We must have it figured out.”

But we haven’t arrived.  There is so much more that we can learn from others.  Next week, I am taking our staff to a church 3 hours from here to learn all we can about how to be more effective in ministry.  I have told my staff we are going to learn from them not to talk about what we know.  I warned them not to get caught up in talking about what we are doing (as exciting as it is to us).  We already know that.  We need to ask questions to find out what we don’t know!   I can’t wait to learn from them!

You should always be learning.  Read books.  Interview people who have achieved what you desire.  Realize that just because you finished school it doesn’t mean you’ve finished learning.

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