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Try Being a 5-Year-Old Pastor

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Why do people do what they're doing? A small, but deceptively powerful, question can unlock the answer nearly every time.

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Introduction: A 5-year-old child asks, “Why? Why? Why?” For a pastor, keeping curious will help to move groups or individuals forward, as it makes everyone stop to be intentional about what’s going on.


Without asking why, people assume that what’s happening in the church is important. Sometimes asking why can reveal assumptions and underlying reasons so that the church has the background knowledge to evaluate and move forward.

Thought Starters:

  • Where have I been making assumptions?
  • What three things could I ask why about this week?


  • The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni
  • Start with the Why by Simon Sinek (also has TED Talks)

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