Pastors do not corroborate very well. I spend a great deal of time reading and responding to authors in my head. My sermon creations are solitary events. I bounce ideas of my computer screen more than with another person.
This makes me similar to many 20th century artists. They worked a great deal in silo's.
But while their most ardent fans touted their work as superior to others, the artists themselves had a lot of respect for each other. And the friendships they built made them better, more expressive, artists.
- Picasso studied Matisse's work, and they spent time walking in the park comparing notes.
- Willem Kooning experimented with Jackson Pollocks drip painting style, and was so affected by him that when he died, Kooning moved across from Pollocks grave.
- While Francis Bacon basically threw paint at the canvas, and Lucian Freud carefully measured his approach to his art, Freud was encouraged to let go in his art by allowing Bacon to influence him.
As these, and other, artists continued to produce work that was both unique and contemporary, the meeting of the more traditional minds with those of the more maverick artists allowed the art work to continually grow and evolve.
Imagine spiritual leaders from various walks of life, old, young, conservative, liberal, studied and practical, allowing each other to inform their own study.
It was not easy for the artists, and it is not easy for pastors and church leaders. But perhaps more walks in the park and conversations with other students would do more than reading another book, or even another blog.
Corroboration is a powerful tool.
"At times, Picasso was looking more intently at Matisse; and at other times, it was the other way around."
Information here used from the Book "The Art of Rivalry" by Sebastian Smee.