A student from a nearby Bible college emailed me out of the blue for help on an assignment. I don’t know the student, but I know the assignment, because I’ve helped one or two students from this college with it before. Basically, they have to interview a pastor they don’t know about church leadership and ministry and such. I like helping.
His email said, “Sorry I didn’t set up a phone conversation to do this. I meant to.” And then it simply listed the questions he needed answered. I spent about 30 minutes typing earnest answers I hoped were helpful. The last question was: “What warnings, admonitions, or exhortations would you offer me as a potential next generation leader?”
I answered: “Invest time in meeting with people in person and listening carefully for what they’re saying. As a leader, people will act in the way they think you expect. But if you pay careful attention, you can see through to the heart.”