I have always sought to surround myself with mentors and people who could offer good counsel in my life.
I almost NEVER make any decision without talking it through with several people.
I have friends and mentors both inside and outside the church that have saved my neck numerous times, offered great feedback, critiques, and wisdom over the years. Some of my counsel givers outside my church have included millionaires, CEO's, lawyers, friends who do what I do, nationally renowned ministry leaders, and pastors from other churches.
When I was a pastor, I sought counsel often from people inside the church. I met with our pastors every week for at least two hours, and those meetings were often filled with strategic discussions about how to set the kind of culture God wants us to have here at our church and lead His church into the future. I met with the finance team every eight weeks, who offered feedback and counsel on virtually EVERY financial and personnel decision we made. I also had an advisory team made up of successful businessmen in our church, who happened to love Jesus. I talk through LOTS of things rattling around in my head and heart that I want to talk through with a few safe people in my church.
Suffice to say, I am surrounded by TONS of counsel, and it's something I have practiced for years. Why so much counsel? Years ago, when I read the following statement, I took God at His Word:
"Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors, there is safety" Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV).
Who do YOU seek counsel from these days?
Do you have a multitude of counselors?
I do, and it has made all the difference in the world.