I just read an article about Gary Collins, a seventy-three year old speaker/author who stays young by working out several times a week, actively seeking opportunities to hang with young men and women and constantly asking great questions. He stays extremely well informed regarding current trends in ministry – three of his recent reads: UnChristian, Off Road Disciplines, and The New Christians.
I really appreciate guys like this. I think it displays incredible humility and a passion to keep learning.
On the other hand, as a young minister I think I have a different calling than Gary. I’ve read all three of the books he mentions, and while I learned a lot from each, they really just reinforced what I already knew. I’m not saying that I don’t have to work to stay informed but at twenty-nine I think I am just naturally more in-tune with current ministry trends.
In fact, I have begun to realize that I am an information junky. I am constantly downloading and listening to podcasts, reading blogs & magazines, or searching for the latest trends in music, culture, and religion.
I think that a younger minister’s calling is really the inverse of Gary’s. I have to discipline myself to spend more time reading the “classics” – Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Bonhoeffer, Chesterton, etc. I need to find the time to sit down with older men and see things from their perspective. I also need to make a conscious effort to limit my information consumption and focus instead on prayer, scripture reading, and meditation.
I think things like this probably come more naturally to guys like Gary – which is why he must discipline himself to stay informed on the current trends.