January 15, 2009 Tony Morgan

Mistakes Regarding Mistakes

I’ve shared the biggest mistakes I’ve made in ministry in the past. Earlier today, I asked my friends on Twitter to do the same. Here’s what some of them had to share:

  • @gsligon – “trusting a volunteer with too much influence in my ministry. can you say sabotage?”
  • @menatpausecoach – “thinking that one would be ‘closer to God’ by leaving secular world for full-time ministry.”
  • @teddywinter – “thinking that I can sustain it all. The need for a team is incredibly necessary.”
  • @jodyearley – “calling a Jr. High event SNR (Santa’s Not Real) and then promoting in the worship guide for the little kids to see.”
  • @michaelharrison – “not delegating or empowering others to serve”
  • @chuck_scott – “procrastinating and calling that relying on the Holy Spirit for prompting.”
  • @youcanknowgod – “student ministry services that compete with weekend services”
  • @jasonsalamun – “Not raising funds prior to launching our church.”
  • @kellyadkins – “caring about something less than God does. also, caring about something more than God does.”
  • @dale_schaeffer – “Changing who we are as a church to fit the demographics of a community…lesson: just be who you are and watch God work.”
  • @kentshaffer – “Trying to take an old school projector down from the ceiling by myself. It broke, and I almost did.”

Some of those a kind of funny, and some of those are way too familiar. With that in mind, though, here are some mistakes we can make with mistakes if we’re not careful. Here are a handful of myths about mistakes:

  • Mistakes can and should be avoided. I might be preventing a great innovation as well.
  • Because they were mistakes for me they will certainly be mistakes for someone else. That’s not always the case. Their situation could be different than mine.
  • The mistakes mean I should stop. Possibly, but also I may be one more attempt away from breakthrough. Maybe I just need to persevere.
  • Just because it was a mistake in the past means it’ll always be a mistake. Timing can be everything. Situations change.

What are you learning from your mistakes?

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Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, theunstuckgroup.com. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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