You Can See More Inside

We have fun watching someone who is an amazing hula-hooper. Have you ever wondered how they do it? From the outside, it seems like it’s just a matter of torso-rotation. If that’s it, why is it everyone can’t do it? Because it isn’t as easy as it looks. Ministry in our time is challenging, and one of our greatest available resources is the ability to learn from those who do ministry well.

If one is inclined to do so, it’s easy to dismiss another church’s growth. As we do, our churches are worse off for it. Learning from others is a universal trait of vibrant churches. Great churches are avid learners–because they are hungry to be more than they are and humble enough to realize they need to keep learning. These are attitudes God blesses.

If you want to understand great churches, you can observe some things through ordinary observation. However, if you really want to learn from others, try looking from the inside.

Set up lunch with someone who can help you understand the not just the face but the clockworks of that church. Most ministers love talking about their church. Some churches offer unique learning opportunities through their conferences or other events. Find out not just what they do, but how they do it. If you can, study the inside as well as the outside. This takes humility and hunger. However…

I think you’ll see things look much different (and fascinating) from the inside…

Like hoola-hooping (see the video below). Keep it short if you get dizzy easily 😉

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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