“If you are not growing as a leader, you are limiting the potential of your church.” (Nelson Searcy)
Last week I was listening to a online seminar by Michael Lukaszewski of Church Fuel, 3 Growth Catalysts. In part of the material Michael presented he spoke about developing a personal growth plan. Up until 2 years ago my personal growth plan was taking on my next Seminary Class:)
Now that I have graduated, the formal education piece of my life has slowed and the seminar came just at the right time to get me going again.
As I began to reflect on my personal development since Seminary, I came up blank but as I dug a bit deeper I realized that it wasn’t as sparse as I thought. I have taken many online seminars from preaching to church growth. For the past 8 months I have been working through some Lifeway material with a couple of pastor friends. We have worked through, “Transformational Church” and “Simple Church”. We are now just beginning “Transformational Discipleship” with “Transformational Groups” on the horizon.
“Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds
of each other.” (Proverbs 27;17 – CEV)
Along with the cohort I’m planning to throw a couple of other things into my “plan”. Will you be upset if I tell you I live 2 miles from my office? While I don’t have a commute time I still spend enough time driving and walking to redeem the time by listening to podcasts. I’ve decided to try out the New Small Church Podcast with @karlvaters
Long term Covenant Seminary offers 45 free online courses so that should do me until Jesus comes back:) I’m interested in Apologetics and Outreach and Christ Centered Preaching. Check out their site and see what interests you.
So where do you start? Here’s a suggestion from John Maxwell to jump start your Personal Development Plan.
As an example, this is the weekly schedule – 5 days a week, 1 hour a day – that I recommend for personal growth as a leader:
Monday: Spend one hour with a devotional to develop your spiritual life.
Tuesday: Spend one hour listening to a leadership recording.
Wednesday: Spend one hour filing* quotes and reflecting on the contents of Tuesday’s material.
Thursday: Spend one hour reading a book on leadership.
Friday: Spend half of the hour reading the book and the other half filing and reflecting.
Now you may be looking at this saying to yourself; “Where am I suppose to get an hour a day?”
Seems quite ambitious doesn’t it?
How about 15 minutes a day? Can that work for you?
Better to start small and build than take on too much and fail from the beginning.
“We are what we are today because we were what we were yesterday and our thoughts today determine our actions tomorrow.” (George Knox)
What’s your next move?
Nelson Searcy – Planning For Personal Growth
imPerfect Pastor’s Blog – A Suggested Plan For Personal Growth