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Self-discovery

Self Discovery in Church Leadership
Ordained Minister's Online Guide to Pastoring, Personal Development, & Church Leadership
 
Please reflect on these verses, and let them shape your understanding of this self-discovery

 

God asked, "Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat fruit from the tree I commanded you not to eat from?" (Gen 3:11 GW)

 

I ask you not to think of yourselves more highly than you should. Instead, your thoughts should lead you to use good judgment based on what God has given each of you as believers.  (Rom 12:3 GW)

 

Now we see a blurred image in a mirror. Then we will see very clearly. Now my knowledge is incomplete. Then I will have complete knowledge as God has complete knowledge of me. (1Co 13:12 GW)

 

Leadership Reflection

 

Self-discovery is essential to personal growth, leadership, interpersonal relations, and situational awareness.  Nothing can both so rewarding and at the same time so painful to pride, as the process of self-discovery.  However, without it we are unable to know ourselves, which means that we are more likely to live be the thoughts of self-deceptions, and lies of devils about ourselves.  In this context, it is not hard to see how important this is to both Christian living and the practice of ministry.

 

Below is a little chart that describes the ways in which we think about things, and then use those thoughts to shape our actions.

 

 

 

Assignment Preparation

 

In consideration of the above chart, and the before mentioned scripture, please reflect upon two ministry experiences.  These can be anything from evangelism, delivering a sermon, praying for the sick, etc.  Select two experiences for reflection: 1) One you believe was a good (or effective) experience; and 2) One that you believe did not work out like you wished.

 

Assignment

 

Report, following this example:

 

1)     Good Situation Outcome

a)     Briefly tell of the situation and outcome

b)     Identify one thought, feeling, action, and situational factor that contributed to the outcome.

 

2)     Situation That Was Less Effective

a)     Briefly tell of the situation and outcome

b)     Identify one thought, feeling, action, and situational factor that contributed to the outcome.

 

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