ARE YOU GROWING?
What amazes me is people who desire to lead over the Body of Christ but are unwilling to Study. Jeremiah 3:15 says "Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding" How can you expect to grow in knowledge, if your leader refuses to grow. A growing concern is that many churches are becoming irrelevant because so many leaders refuse to adapt to change or seek growth in knowledge.
Every Leader must be willing to be educated, trained, and prepared for caring for the Body of Christ. There are so many who claim they full knowledge and understanding but are unwilling to grow through education. Jesus taught the disciples until the moment of the ascension but many leaders feel as if they have attained full knowledge.
Church Leader's principles of ministry should not be based on repeating practices which do not demonstrate growth but only promotes preservation of traditions. The Word of God never changes but the delivery must produce fruit.
If we are to reach this present world, we must grow internally as individuals before we can expect growth externally as part of the Body of Christ. 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
You must ask yourself the hard question? As Jesus taught the parable of the talents, are we the servant with one talent? Are we the one who buried the talent based on false assumptions about the expectations of The Master? If YOU are not growing then why are YOU going? Each person is personally accountable for their own growth, you cannot shift the blame for the lack of your growth on those who lead over you. This is not being critical or judgmental but an invitation to challenge each person to pursue growth and set expectation of growth with our leaders as well.
As members of the Body of Christ: Is it better to be entertained or educated when you attend church? (I personally wish to be Edutained) Are we willing to positively persuade our leaders to seek individual growth so the Body of Christ can be the recipients of that knowledge gained from the process.