Soap Opera’s have nothing on College Football during this time of year. We see the coaching carousel in full swing. Watching everything unfold is fascinating mainly because you see the different cultures that schools and teams can have. Ministry is the same way. We can see churches with cultures of growth and we can see churches that have toxic cultures. Those cultures are often bred from the mindset of the leaders. If we want a culture of growth in our lives and in our ministry, there are three mindsets that we need to have.
- To grow means to invite feedback. Asking people to be honest with us and our ministry is hard. We have to open ourselves up to someone who may not understand every detail of what we are trying to do. Giving us honest feedback may feel like an attack, but we must fight to remain open.
- Many of us shy away from openness because our identity is too often wrapped up in our ministry. Who we are must be separate from our ministry or we will never accept honest feedback because the feeling of being attacked will overwhelm us. This feeling will cause us to shut down all feedback and create a bubble where people only tell us what we want to hear for fear of upsetting us.
- Asking the same questions over and over is very repetitive, however the great athletes get better by practicing the same drills over and over. We have to ask the questions from Ministry Growth Mindsets Pt 1 regularly, or they become useless to us.
- Asking the same questions is imperative if we want to see progress. The danger of not asking the same questions regularly is that we cannot measure how we are doing. Repetitive questions help us to see the overall tendencies of our ministry so we can see what is helping and what is hurting.
- As we get older, one of the biggest battles we will face is the hunger to learn. Learning new things is normal and natural when we are young, but as we get a little older we tend to be satisfied with what we already know. To continue growing we have to continue to make ourselves a student. This often means learning from someone younger than us as we get older. Our own insecurities and pride often keep us from learning. We can justify it by our criticism of other ministers and how they do ministry, but the truth too often is our own pride keeps us from being a student.
Building a growth mindset takes hard work. We have to be diligent and stay proactive. The benefits of our hard work and practice are growth in ourselves and in our ministries. Choosing to not have a growth mindset, brings only one thing. That feeling of regret years later when you say, “If only I had…..” Let’s choose a growth culture mindset today.
What’s your culture? What is your mindset?