Are You a Learning Machine?

Recently the CEO and Chairman of Netflix said this.
We are just a learning machine.  Every time we put out a new show, we are analyzing it, figuring out what worked and what didn't so we can get better next time.
A learning machine.  That's a great thing for a children's ministry to be.  You see, when you think your ministry has have.  But where you've arrived is where you will remain.  In order to continue growing and improving...
you have to be a learning machine.

So how do you remain a learning machine?

Ask questions more often than you give answers.  Learning machines have a lot in common with a 4-year-old...they ask lots and lots of questions.

Evaluate your ministry on a regular basis.  Intentional evaluation keeps you learning how to do things better.

Ask for feedback.  Learn from volunteers through feedback.  Learn from kids through feedback.  Learn from parents through feedback.

Visit other churches.  One of the best ways to learn is by visiting other churches.  Most of the ideas I use in our ministry I got from other churches I have observed.  If you'd like to come hang out with us for a weekend, we host churches several times a year.  You can email me at for more information.

Stay hungry.  It's easy to grow content and complacent.  Learners are hungry.  They are always looking for ways to improve their ministry.

I've been in children's ministry now for 26 years and I still have so much to learn.  I want to stay in the "learning machine" mode.  Let's keep learning and growing together. 

Your turn.  How do you stay in the "learning machine" mode?  Share with us in the comment section below.