Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Continuing Education For Church Leaders, Part 1

It seems that church life and ministry regularly change every few years leaving us to make subtle and sometimes not so subtle needed shifts in ministry strategies and methodologies. These shifts are often needed as a result of the availability of new technologies or the response to cultural swings. For me, it seems like about every three years I have been retooling for ministry or redirecting my ministry in some way to stay current.

Yes, staying current is critical in our ever-changing world, especially in the church because of the importance of our mission. And I think it’s interesting to note that often our churches serve for many people as a safe haven to the fast pace of change in our culture. In fact, I have often met strong resistance to change within the churches where I have served simply because people were already on such emotional overload with the high volume and fast pace of change in their personal lives at home and work, they couldn’t or wouldn’t process more change at church.

The result is that we must be smart in our implementing shifts or jumps in ministry strategies and methodologies in our churches. In the fine art and science of leadership, communication and timing becomes everything.

Another result of all this is that in order to stay in touch with cultural swings and developing trends and shifts in ministry strategies and methodologies, continuing education for church leaders has become more important than ever. On-going training keeps us current and growing in our thinking and ministry skills. Being a life-long learner through reading and participating in conferences and workshops is just not an option in today’s ministry climate!

I will write more about this next time, but for now check out these excellent training opportunities coming up from LifeWay. I plan to attend several of these myself and I hope to see you there!

Until next time…share the journey and enjoy the ride!

Pat