Don’t Ignore Experience

In military movies many young officers are told that while they are in charge, if they are smart they will listen to the sergeants they command. Many times the officer ignores the advice and gets in major trouble. Then the sergeant has to save the day. The officer realizes too late that his inexperience has cost lives, and if he had listened to how sergeant those soldiers under his command would be alive.

Most ministry situations are not life and death, but the principle applies.

I am almost 37. I have a lot of general experience, but I am not nearly as experienced in some areas as those who work with me. Without surrendering the responsibility of leadership, seeking advice and help from those who work for you is the smart thing to do. To ignore their experience places additional risk into the situation without sound reason.