Lifelong learners are curious, inquisitive, and interested in exploring ideas.
Continuing education must be seen as an investment. It is an attitude of learning, a desire to understand, to be well informed, to know or find out the answers. It’s an opportunity to get a new perspective on issues, to step aside and see things from a new point of view and grow to new heights of understanding and maturity. It provides time and space to adapt to changes in workplace and community expectations and to explore new ideas and opinions and reflect on the future.
While ministers have primary responsibility for their own continuing education, the church will also provide opportunities for them to fulfil this goal. Continuing education needs to optimize the work of the church through the development of its human resources. The health of the church and the community depend on it.
Any ministry will benefit from its leadership actively learning how to make progress in the following areas
grow in love
edify the church
develop the team
know your strengths
develop new skill set
develop existing skills
keep people informed
develop ministry skills
cultivate learning skills
expand interpersonal skills
improve management skills
become a trainer of trainers
develop God’s call to ministry
improve communication skills
enhance the potential of the flock
know something about everything
improve the quality of work habits
understand local laws and regulations
develop a list of educational resources
The pastor needs to be more than an agent of change he must become an advocate for the needs of his church.
It is his responsibility to understand every aspect that impacts the life of the church and the community, to study and develop an intimate knowledge of the most urgent needs and problems facing the community where his church is located.
Make an in-depth and evaluation of the most pressing issues and be able to prioritize them in order of urgency and then actively seek and bring appropriate solutions to bring remedy or relief.
These should be some of the first things a new pastor does when assigned to a new church. This information will become very valuable in orienting and tailoring a continuing education plan that will benefit the individual the church and the community.
In establishing a training plan the advisory board should have the flexibility to consider the special circumstances of an individual’s assignment so that the training plan can be adapted to solving the specific needs of the community where the church is ministering.
Alongside formal expectations, there should be deliberate attempts made to understand the job responsibilities of local officials and build relationships with those in position of authority.