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Some Things I’ve Learned

Some Things I’ve Learned
 

Having spent thirteen years in full-time ministry, Jason Mitchell has learned a few lessons – some through success, some through struggle. This week he shares a few of the big lessons learned from the journey. – Editor

 

“Wisdom is the summit; get wisdom,
and with all your possessions purchase understanding.”
– Proverbs 4:7

 

I used to think that leadership was figuring out ways to give everyone what they want.

Now I think leadership is being clear about where you believe God is leading the ministry.

I used to think a pastor should be liked by everyone.

Now I think that there is no way possible for this to happen. Over the years I have had several people close to me part ways with our ministry because of disagreement.

I used to think that my first priority was serving the church.

Now I think that my first priority is to serve my family.

I used to think that the point of a sermon was to give answers.

Now I think that the point of a sermon is to raise questions.

I used to think that the greatest hindrance to God’s work in the world were “sinful” people.

Now I think the greatest hindrance to God’s work in the world are the “self-righteous” who hide behind the veil of religion.

I used to think that the smaller the church, the better people would experience “community”.

Now I think “community” is about the spirit and openness of the people at the church no matter the size.

I used to think that ministry was about spending lots of hours at the church.

Now I think that ministry is about using my hours to be fully present, living with an awareness to God’s leading no matter where it takes me.

I used to think the Kingdom of God was something that was coming “one day”.

Now I think that for those with ears to hear and eyes to see, God’s Kingdom work is breaking into the here and now.

I used to think devotional time was something you did for 15 or so minutes in the morning.

Now I think devotional time is seeing every moment of every day as sacred potential for God to breathe into you.

I used to think that I should try and prove my point to someone who disagreed with me.

Now I think it is better to listen and agree to disagree.

I used to think leadership was about making a decision and sticking with it even if it is the wrong decision.

Now I think leadership is owning up to failures by admitting where I have dropped the ball.

I used to think that what people wanted most in a leader was confidence.

Now I think that what people want most in a leader is authenticity.

I used to think the church was just for Christians.

Now I think the church is for everyone.

What ministry/life lessons have you learned along the way?
What would you add to this list? Leave a comment and let us know.
Jason Mitchell
Campus Pastor at LCBC Church
Jason is a Campus Pastor at LCBC Church (Lives Changed By Christ). He loves taking runs, drinking coffee, listening to all things rock and roll, and spending time with his wife Jenny and their two kids, Sienna and Silas.