If you want to be effective in ministry, you’ll need to be a good listener first.
Probably the greatest reason people fail in ministry is not immorality, a lack of intelligence, or poor planning. It’s insensitivity.
Most of us simply talk too much. James 1:19 (NIV) says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”
You may think you’re already a good listener. But there’s a big difference between hearing and listening.
- Hearing is simply the vibrations that take place in your ear.
- Listening is how you decode those vibrations in your brain.
Many times I’ve heard my wife, my kids, or someone at the church say something – but I didn’t listen. Listening is a skill. And if you’re going to be in ministry, you better develop it. It’s developed through practice, desire, attention and by simply wanting to become a good listener.
Here are four tips to becoming a better listener.
1. Withhold judgment and criticism from the start. Don’t evaluate until you’ve heard and comprehended it all. I’ll admit that this isn’t natural. When someone else is talking…Continue Reading