Did you know that you can eliminate the blind spots in your car mirrors when you are driving on a highway? My daughter taught me this lesson. She uses it in her therapy work to help older adults drive safely. Here’s how you do it:
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, there are clear implications for ministry. The elimination of blind spots in car mirrors requires that you widen your view in a counter-intuitive way. When you widen the field of vision in the side-view mirror, you wonder how this will work because your first look after adjusting the mirror shows you a view that you’ve never seen before from your driver’s seat. You can hardly imagine this view being helpful until the first car passes you on the highway. Then you get it!
First you have to trust someone who knows your blind spot, and then you have to give their advice a try.
Think about the areas of your ministry that are stuck. There is something potentially harmful right beside you that you cannot see. What is it? You can’t answer that question by yourself. You have to trust someone else to widen your view. Strong faith formation leaders ask the following questions to trusted advisors regularly when they want to get unstuck:
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