The Most Important Question a Pastor Can Ask

I’ve planted three churches. One in my early 20’s, one in my late 20’s, and my final one after I had just turned 40. I am now 53 and the funny thing about getting older is that you seem to know less than you did when you were younger.

Now I know that not all pastors are in their 20’s or 30’s…some enter the ministry much older, but pastors, regardless of age typically have certain things in common. Pastors tend to be entrepreneurial. Pastors have done all they can to educate themselves in their field through seminary or some sort of formal or informal education, conferences, workshops, etc.

But the thing is, no matter how prepared you are, no matter how much you know…you don’t know what you don’t know, and it can kill ya. Therefore, the best question a pastor can ask their key leaders is, “What do you see that I don’t see?” Never underestimate the likelihood of personal blind spots and for those blind spots to sabotage your relationships and ministry. Regularly when you meet one-on-one with your leaders or even in a group setting, get used to asking, “What do you see that I don’t see?” The insight, perspective, and information this simple question provides will prove invaluable as you move forward in your ministry.

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