Okay – I didn’t really “skip church”. I went to church, just not my church.
Yesterday, I went to visit another church in the RDU area – Summit Church. I had the great privilege of hanging out with Jeremy Pollard, the children’s pastor there. After spending a few days in Tennessee learning from other children’s pastors all over the country (through a coaching network called Infuse), I thought it would be good to make a few more connections right here at home.
It’s always good to visit other places and get ideas. It helps you evaluate what you already have. I can see positives, and ways we can improve. I learned about their organization, policies, and more. I love getting together with other children’s pastors and talking about ministry. Sometimes we can get wrapped up in our own “church world” that we forget God is at work across the street too.
In any organization, it’s good to see what others are doing in the same field. Now, in the world of business, this is usually done to scope out the competition and see what’s coming. For us, it couldn’t be further from that.
A few years ago, I saw an interview with John Lasseter, head of Pixar. He was asked about Dreamworks’ animation projects and some other studios that were revamping their animation studios to compete. Was he worried? Was he fearful someone else might do it better?
He actually said he welcomed the interest in animation. If they were producing good stories, and good animation, then it would actually advance the entire field, because each studio would be challenging another to be better. As audiences saw more animated movies that were done with high quality, it would actually benefit everyone. So, why not?
He didn’t see it as a competition. He saw it as a way to better himself and his own studio.
I love visiting other churches because it makes us better. I have a notebook full of notes – things to start thinking about, things we should stop doing, things we should start doing, and more.
In anything you do, be a life-long learner. I never want to get to a place where I can say “I’ve figured it out!” That’s a few steps away from tripping over a pride rock.
(Yes…that was a subtle “Lion King” reference…)