Maturity is about hitting stride.
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 the wisdom of 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, it’s important to focus on what makes a person right for the work, not just old or experienced enough for the job.