I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to have a learning culture on our staff team. Mostly because I feel like this is something we are not doing well right now. Of course reading a book, listening to a podcast, or attending a seminar never screams as loud as that sub you need for the 3-year-old room, the event you have coming up next Saturday, or the recruiting flyer you are designing. But what happens when we don't take the time to learn?
- Our vision becomes limited
- Our creativity is stifled
- Our innovation is crippled
- Our growth points aren't challenged
- Our ministry slips into maintenance mode
I hope to spend some time at our upcoming Kids' City Staff Retreat talking about what it would look like to become better learners. I would love your help in challenging our team. How would you answer one or more of these questions:
- What books have been most helpful in developing you as a leader?
- What books have been most helpful in developing your expertise in children's ministry?
- What blogs do you follow that you find most helpful?
- What podcasts do you listen to for training or new ideas?
- What magazines do you find helpful?
- What other practices or resources have you found most helpful in your development as a Children's Ministry Leader?
Learning is critical to leading. Maybe sometimes reading that book really is as important as that 3-year-old's sub.