One of the joys of working with youth is how spontaneous and creative the ministry can be. It feels so…
I really enjoyed both of the readings this week, and I struggled with writing this review. I mean, I thought the content was dead-on, but I guess it might have hit a little close to home. The area that caused me the most struggle was the area of pride.
Youth pastors are completely present in a world dominated by insecurities. Many teenagers struggle with these ideas, and many youth pastors are constantly fighting stigmas and stereotypes of being glorified babysitters and insignificant compared to their church’s “real pastor.”
Although most of us say it’s the depth of our ministry and not the numbers that truly count, we still all seem to struggle with the numbers. I’m constantly haunted by the numbers game in my mind, and it’s an area that’s hard for me to overcome.
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On the other hand, I have no issue with the idea that I’m to be constantly learning and growing—but I struggle in the doing part of this idea. I’m married and have four kids, and to be honest, I struggle just doing my daily devotions. I have a stack of books waiting for me to read that are all geared at helping me grow, yet in this current situation they’re completely useless—they’re just a stack of books.
One of our favorite quotes among our Pastoral staff is, “Leaders are learners—when you stop learning you stop leading.”
These words have become commonplace in our church culture, but they’ve never been more true. As leaders, we have to be hungry to learn and willing to humble ourselves to someone else’s wisdom and experience.
So what makes somebody “teachable”?
Someone Who Asks Curious, Thoughtful Questions
Somebody who is curious and asks lots of good questions is hungry to learn. They are processing the information that has been provided, and now they’re seeking clarification for an even deeper understanding. They KNOW they need to learn and use the answers to those questions to propel themselves forward. If you want to show someone you’re listening, learning and leading, ask great questions.
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Of the two, this one is easy. Obviously some folks are more inquisitive, and better at asking questions, but almost everybody enjoys learning life lessons and having teachable moments that they initiated!
Someone Who Is Humble Enough To Let Others In
It isn’t easy, but a truly teachable person allows others to speak into their life through exhortation, encouragement, correction, and coaching…even when they aren’t asking for it!
This one…is tough. To be open to correction you didn’t know you needed. To be coached in areas you thought you had already mastered. To be pushed in directions you don’t think you want (or need) to go. To learn from people who don’t know as much as you do. For instance, Josh knows almost nothing compared to me (Kurt…and apparently I didn’t write the “pride” article the other day), but I am shocked at how much I learn from him when I open myself up to his wisdom.
The other week I lead a workshop on technology for a group of Sunday School teachers.Â I was given plenty…