Unlearning Is Essential for Growth

By Justin Lathrop

A few weeks ago, Pete Wilson shared 3 Things Every Pastor Should Unlearn. The scary part is that each principle Pete addressed is a widely accepted and shared belief among people in ministry. There were quite a few principles I’ve heard or even learned myself over the years that have likely hurt my ministry more than helped it.

We all know how important continual learning is for leadership and growth. However, we rarely stop and reconsider some of the ideas and principles we’ve held for years that might be preventing us from experiencing more growth in our church or ministry. We don’t realize that unlearning can be just as important as learning.

Here’s a simple and practical example:

I’m sure there were thousands of pastors who learned the King James Version was the only translation of the Bible from which a pastor should teach. This used to be a widely held belief. However, as time went on and churches progressed, that principle affected the Church’s ability to connect with members and reach the unchurched because the KJV language was a hindrance to understanding God’s Word. Those pastors had to “unlearn” or reconsider something they had believed for years in order to become effective in reaching more people with God’s truth.

That same idea applies to some of the cultural truths and principles you believe today. Therefore, I would encourage you to take some time this week to reconsider some of the principles that could be restraining your ministry or leadership capabilities. You might realize that unlearning is just as important as learning when it comes to improving your ministry.

What do you need to unlearn so that your ministry can grow like never before?

Justin Lathrop

With over a dozen years of local church ministry Justin has spent the last several years starting business' and ministries that partner with pastors and churches to advance the Kingdom. He is the founder of Helpstaff.me (now Vanderbloemen Search), Oaks School of Leadership, and MinistryCoach.tv all while staying involved in the local church.

Justin is obsessed with connecting people to people and lives his life daily to make the world a smaller place. He now serves as a consultant in the area of strategic relations predominately working with the Assemblies of God, helping to build bridges with people and ministries to more effectively reach more people.

He blogs regularly about what he has learned from making connection at www.justinlathrop.com.