Maturity is about hitting stride. It’s the ideal expression of what was intended.

Writers mature as they develop their voice, honor the reader, and deliver the goods. It’s not about complexity or creative energy. Such things are add-ons. Maturity is about being complete. It’s the essence of what was meant to be.

So — what does spiritual maturity look like? How is it distinct from age, experience, or influence? And how is it developed? If a woman in her twenties meets with a woman in her fifties, is the elder more mature? Or if three thirty-year-old guys are talking, are they identical in spiritual maturity?

As we train pastors and recruit leaders for churches and faith-based organizations, it’s important to focus on what makes a person right for the work, not just old or experienced enough for the job.