Also, when you’re deciding who you want to learn from, resist the temptation to only learn from churches that are cool, relevant or promise to put the most butts in your seats. Add a few small, consistent but unspectacular churches and pastors to your list of mentors.
With a variety of churches to draw from, you’ll get a more well-rounded picture of what the church is, and your ministry will be deeper and stronger for it.
Like a great cover band, don’t just draw wisdom from the hits. Play the deep tracks, too. What we used to call the B-sides. That’s where the real musicianship is learned. And where you pick up how to write a great song or two yourself.
Eventually, it may look something like originality.
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