If You Want to Get Better, Ask Someone to Help

Stan Russell   -  

For you spiritual leaders out there, where are you getting help to improve your skills and learn? Most of us want to get better. So how do you do that?  Well, books help, but they aren’t enough. The Bible way is getting help from people with skin on. My advice is: don’t be shy, ask someone you admire, who has done it well, to help you.
Through the twenty years I have pastored here at Horizon I have asked, at different times, the following men and all of them have coached or mentored me in a significant way: Earl Book, Dick Foth, Dary Northrup. All helped me, and right now my friend Troy Jones is helping me become a better pastor. I prayed and then I asked, and at some level for an extended period of time, they all helped.
They answered my questions, spoke into issues I was dealing with and helped me craft new strategies to bless the sheep and reach my community for Jesus.  So pray and ask and believe that God will give you someone too.
Special thanks to Troy Jones, from Renton New Life in Washington, for recently helping me start this blog. If you check out his blog at http://troyhjones.com/, you will find that my sight looks a lot like his. That is because he had a great template in place and gave me permission to build a similar sight. Thanks for being selfless Troy, Dick, Dary and Earl. I love you all and you’ve made a significant impact on the church at Horizon.

Philippians 1:3-5
I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (NIV)

Grace and Truth,
Pastor Stan
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