I currently serve on our church board, where our pastor has us reading “Emotionally Healthy Discipleship”, in order to help us develop as a team as we lead our church. I’m thankful we have a pastor that is intentional about growing the church’s staff and leadership.
One item that really stood out as I was reading this week was a section about how our experiences impact our mindset and how that influences how we make decisions. Nothing new there, right? We all know our experiences influence our decisions, but for some reason, this reality landed on me with an eye-opening air of newness this time.
As I was reading a case study of a church board making a decision, and how each member was making their decisions based on their past experience, I immediately thought of this scenario in the context of our own church board.
We, as a board, have been through the decision-making process many times. However, now I have a new perspective on how others’ decisions might be influenced by a completely different set of experiences than I have had, and vice versa. Every person on our board (or any team for that matter) will filter their decisions through their own experience, just like me.
This reminds me that when someone comes to a different conclusion or decision than me, it’s not because they’re necessarily opposed to my view, but rather they are deciding based on their experience. It also reminds me to ask questions to help understand why they came to that decision.
I’m thankful for the broader perspective this simple reminder offers.