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Curiosity

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WHY CURIOSITY?

The primary challenge surrounding curiosity is that curiosity peaks in humans between the ages of 4 and 5 years. This is because humans grow to develop a self-consciousness and do not want others to look down on their explorations as silly or childish.
Unfortunately, this means that most adults have long lost their sense of curiosity, and with it, all of curiosity’s benefits. This is detrimental to the life of churches. If you are not a curious church, this is what you are missing:

MUTUAL OWNERSHIP

Organizations with curious people build strong mutual ownership. This is true at school and work, but is also true in churches.

SOLUTION FINDERS

Curious people are more successful at finding solutions because they have larger networks, are more comfortable asking questions, and more easily nurture relationships.

INNOVATION

Curiosity is a driving force behind exploration and innovation. NASA even aptly named it’s Mars Rover “Curiosity.”

HEALTHY CHALLENGES

Curious people view stressful situations more like healthy challenges and less like threats. Curiosity therefore helps to diminish worrisome thoughts.

MOTIVATED LEARNING

Curious teachers motivate student learning. Research shows that students are more engaged and have a heightened sense of enjoyment when teachers encourage exploration and discovery rather than when teachers offer answers, explanations, and solutions.

MORE LIKEABLE

People who are curious in others are likeable. For example, research has shown that speed daters who ask questions are more likely to get a date than those who primarily talk about their own lives.

CURIOSITY LAB

In order to relearn how to be more curious, I (Matt) plan to spend more time with young children this year. My priority will be to spend time with churches who desire to learn from children how to cultivate curiosity.

This does not mean that a church needs to have a lot of children who attend formal gatherings. However, this does mean that I am looking for 12 churches who want to engage children monthly in their community and learn from them.

If your church (small or large, city or country) wants to learn with me, please let me know soon to ensure your spot. I’m open to ideas about how to do this, but you don’t need a plan to volunteer. We can work on the planning together.

ISAIAH 11:6

…and a little child shall lead them.

BECOME a Curiosity Church!

Ask about our sucess stories. Your church can do this!

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