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*This is the first of a three-part series looking at common questions young church leaders often interact with.

One mark of good leadership is the ability to ask good questions. And if you’re asking good questions that no one else is asking—even better!

Any effective strategy, urgent mission, captivating vision, or irresistible ministry experience began with someone asking a series of questions that needed to be asked. Questions make things happen—but it matters what kind of questions you ask.

Mark Twain is credited with saying, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

For those of us in church leadership, the difference between the right question and the almost right question is just as stark.

For example, how does this question strike you:

How can I be profound with this Biblical truth?

This question is a common one I used to have. It is likely brought up on a regular basis in times of private reflection or study. Whether or not you teach from the stage, you at least have pastoral conversations where you share Biblical truth with others.

Is there anything wrong with this question? Maybe. Maybe not.

Can it be slightly tweaked to unleash greater conversations and greater life change? Absolutely.

Question: How can I be profound with this Biblical truth?

Why We Ask It: Part of being an effective communicator means being able to present information in new or fresh ways. Presenting the same Biblical truths over and over again (from the stage or in pastoral conversations) can get stale if we don’t put some creativity behind it.

The Slippery Slope:

  1. We might be making a truth more complicated than it needs to be.
  2. We might accidentally start wanting to impress people more than trying to help them.

New Question: How can I be clear and practical with this truth?

The Benefit: Instead of putting pressure on yourself to impress others or one up yourself, rest in the comfort that all you have to be is faithful to the text.

You can focus on being simple and letting others know what they need to hear with no unnecessary bells or whistles. Besides, despite what we’re made to feel sometimes as young church leaders, truth doesn’t have to be profound. It just has to be true.

Do you ever find yourself making a truth sound deeper or more profound than it needs to be? How can you make it as simple and clear as possible?