Want to improve? Ask yourself these 2 questions


The dictionary says a consultation is a time of seeking advice, guidance or information. To consult means to consider or deliberate or to take counsel. We often consult with a doctor before special treatment. We consult with a lawyer before signing legal documents. A time of consulting is a time of informing yourself of the state of your current condition, or before a major decision.

So, what is the state of your current ministry or classroom? Are you getting ready to make a major decision? Who have you consulted with concerning either of these two situations?  It is wise to gather information, ask opinions, and seek counsel and advice no matter what stage you are at or how good you think things are going.

Often those that we ‘consult’ with are close to the situation. Those close to you have similar views and opinions as you. It is nice to have the advice or opinion of those outside of your circle to help you asses your situation. A fresh set of eyes can help you see things you may take for granted, or things you may not even see at all.

A problem with a consultation is that many times there is a cost involved. I have been in a small church before, and there was barely money to buy goldfish for the preschool snack, let alone pay someone to consult with about the ministry in general.  Occasionally, when I was teaching in a classroom setting, someone would come in to instruct for a time of ‘professional development’ but most individual assessments were given by the principal.  I remember a time I found another school to visit during the week.  It was not an assessment of what I was doing, and it was not someone I brought to me, but it was a ‘consultation’ in which I was able to gather some ideas, that when applied, revolutionized my classroom.  It was a HUGE benefit to me to have outside advice. (and it was FREE!)

All that said, here is a thought. What about a virtual consultation? There have been multiple times I have sent a tweet or an email to someone to ask a question. And I have learned a lot from people I don’t even know.

Am I saying I have all the answers? Nope.

Do I think it could help you where you are? Sure.

Do I think we could both learn something? Absolutely!

I have two questions to ask. Whether you post a reply or send an email doesn’t matter. While I feel we both could benefit from conversation, even if we never communicate these two questions can help you, no matter what your situation.

You may be a teacher, a volunteer, a pastor, or a parent. You might be in a classroom, large group, or small group.  You may be talking about ministry, public school, private school, home school, or family time.  It doesn’t matter.  This can help.

Two Questions to ask when seeking to improve:questions-for-improvement

Question #1
What is a strength of your ministry, classroom, or family?

Question #2
What is a weakness of your ministry, classroom, or family?
Simple as that, these two questions can start you down the road to improvement, which is a path we should all be walking down.

Identify a strength and see what you can do to make that strength stronger.

Identify a weakness so you have something to work on.

In doing this, you will be taking 2 huge steps to improvement.

So what do you think? I know you are thinking of a strength and a weakness already.  Care to share? Are you at a place that a fresh set of eyes might do you some good? Post a comment, send an email or send a tweet. I’ll take a few steps with you down your path toward improvement if you would allow me. I look forward to hearing from you.

About the Author

Ron is happily married to his best friend, and dad to the best daughter you could imagine. As a teacher and children's pastor, he has over 20 years experience of teaching, leading, writing, creating and consulting. He has written for churches, contributed to several collaborative publications, and written a #1 Best Selling Devotional, Got Fruit? on Amazon. His blog is consistantly listed in the Top 40 Children's Ministry Blogs and Websites. Don't hesitate to ask if you think he could help you and your ministry in any way.

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