With all due respect I think that critical thinking is an important tool to use in ministry and in board meetings. Some of the best decisions that you will make will come from other people rationalizing an issue from another perspective. More than that I am sure critical thinking is going to be critical while doing research and coming up with a ministry statement. Yet as a pastor it’s not the best way to deal with some of the issues people face in life. I think some people can get stuck in analyzing some situations and the situation does not warrant that type of speculation. And then on the other hand you do need to use critical thinking when one church member is trying to make you side with them against another church member.
I am interest in the standards of critical thinking. Clarity, accuracy, relevance, logicalness, breadth, precision, significance, completeness, fairness, and depth are important standards I wish I could convey to some of my church members. I find myself in situations often where church members want me to make a decision without some of those standards. It’s hard to sit them down and explain to them things like fairness. Most of the times they only want me to focus on their point of view and their perspective of a situation. Out of these standards clarity, relevance and fairness are three things I believe I need to bring out more to my church. I used the reading to see how it would benefit my church and from that perspective. When it comes to clarity I think sometime I need to elaborate further. Sometimes I don’t take enough time to make sure what I am saying or proposing had been made clear to everyone on their level. I have to make sure that that is my main goal and take my time with that. Secondly accuracy is important to me for my church. Testing things to make sure they are safe is important before I present them or I make decisions. At times I don’t have the time to do this and I find out later that the move I made was not the best decision and if I would have applied a little more critical thinking in the area of accuracy I probably would have made a better choice. And thirdly fairness is a standard I believe I got down but my church doesn’t. As I said before I have people at my church that are clearly interested in their own point of view and not others. I find it difficult to convince people that they are not being subjective in their views. It wears me out sometimes when you can’t convince a person to be fair in their assessment of others or of yourself.
I want to become an accomplished thinker. Where intellectual skills and virtues become second nature in my life. In the stages of critical thinking development this is the highest level of critical thinking. I think a lot of times feelings get in the way of thinking. Intellectual skills are so important because at times you may not feel the right way but using intellectual skills can aid you in making intelligent and right decisions that are not based on your feelings.