Read All You Can
Reading. You either love it or you hate it. And if you love it, you never seem to have enough time to do it. When I met my wife, we both discovered that the other one enjoyed reading. Her idea of enjoyable reading is a good Christian fiction novel; mine is a non-fiction pastoral book or even a commentary. Yes, I know that is weird.
The older we get and the more we’ve been a part of leading small groups, the more we discover that we don’t know all there is to know. The gap between what we know and what we need to know widens—unless we are diligent to read all we can. Odds are the questions you have could be answered in a book. Odds are the discussion you have in your next small group gathering could be addressed in a book. Odds are the conflict you sense between two small group members could be written about in a book.
Don’t hear me wrong. Books do not hold all the answers, nor does reading and gathering some answers guarantee a better leader. There are all sorts of smart people who have no practical wisdom and cannot apply what they know. Plus, there are some situations that only the Holy Spirit can minister in. BUT…hear me. You are what you read.
So read voraciously. I have a goal to read 25-30 books a year. What’s your goal? It doesn’t have to be strictly “Christian” reading. Start somewhere. Maybe it’s one book a month. You’ll be amazed at the way God uses the books you read to grow you as a leader.
- What books are you reading right now?
- If you’re not a “reader,” what are some creative ways you can soak in the wisdom of others? Blogs? Websites? Magazines? Books on CD?
- What one topic relating to small group leadership do you need advice on? What book might help?