I work with and talk with leaders at a ton of churches. The ones that struggle the most are the ones most isolated and living on an island, not paying attention to what’s going on around them. They have very few relationships with pastors and churches within or outside of their community.
Leaders from churches that are growing, on the other hand, always begin conversations by telling me the people they know, the people they’re learning from, and what they are learning.
Is your church a learning church? Learning churches are growing churches! That’s just the bottom line.
Characteristics of Learning Churches:
Learning Churches Don’t Try to Re-create the Wheel.
When a learning church experiences a tension or is trying to solve a problem, they don’t immediately set out to solve it or resolve it on their own.
Instead, they pause long enough to ask: “How have some other churches addressed this tension?” They assume that they are not the only church experiencing this tension and learn from churches that have addressed the same tensions successfully. In doing so, they skip over years of wandering in the wilderness.
Learning Churches Don’t Compare or Criticize.
Learning churches aren’t critical of every church…Continue Reading