Someone asked me the other day if I had experience on a particular area related to what I do. In total honesty, I had to tell them that I had zero experience. I have spent 0% of my time on the job dealing with, planning for, or being held responsible for the task they had asked me about.
However, I do know quite a bit about it. I’ve read about it, I’ve studied it from a distance, and I’ve walked with others through the journey. When I got a surprised look about my answer, I realized that it’s not always expected that we would be a student of the game. It’s so important to learn about the things in and around what you do; because you never know when what you’ve been learning will become the foundation for the “next big thing” you’re asked to do.
For me, I currently lead a Family Ministry team leading church ministry for those children and students from birth up through college. I work and exist in the context of one campus, and with much staff. This could always change, and when it changes; I want to be prepared.
Here are the things I’ve taken the time to learn about:
- Multi-Site Church Ministry // It could happen…
- Church Planting // Not interested now, but still a powerful calling that could come calling.
- the Family Integrated Church Model // This is the total opposite of what I do.
- Curriculum I’m not currently using at our church // This is so easy to keep up on, and every one in any sort of church teaching environment should always be studying whats out there in the education arena.
- Volunteer-led Church Ministry // Let’s hope I get to always work with great teams of paid staff, but I should be ready to lead in other ways too.
- Denominational Church Ministry Trends // There is what I work in, and then there is everything else. I want to know about everything else.
What are you taking the time to learn? Are you making the investment in areas that you bump up against naturally everyday?