Then Saul gave David his own armor – a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.
“I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:38-40)
I used to think this was an interesting but kind of antiquated story. More and more I see it as very relevant, and happening all the time in today’s churches. All the time pastors are trying to put on the “armor” of someone else they hope to emulate. All the time churches are trying to put on the “armor” of some other church they want to be like. And it feels like they had “never worn such things before.” There’s something unnatural and ill-fitting about it all.
God made you and your church with a uniqueness that, when you live it out, will feel right and will bring Him glory. You need to discover who you are as a pastor and church. And if you want help with that, there is no one better than Auxano to come alongside of you and help you do that. Let me know if you’re interested in getting coaching from Auxano to develop your vision clarity.