Making The Most Of Your Time

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Every now and then here at the PP blog we break away from the revelatory and insightful to write some practical content that can equip you in your every day life. We believe that a healthy ministry isn’t based on what takes place at your church, it’s based on what takes place in your every day life. It’s not just the messages you preach, but it’s the life you live and the decisions that you make.

Think about it, many times what we lack in our ministries is connected to something we may not be doing in our own life. I know that’s quite a blanket statement, and I’m sure it’s not always the case, but the health of your ministry starts with the health of your life. As the church grows and more begins to take place, it’s important that we as leaders stay the most effective and productive that we can be.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)

Time is a funny thing. It’s inevitable to pass us by, yet we try so hard to hold on to it. Even as I write this, time has continued on. It doesn’t wait for anyone. It doesn’t change for anyone. What separates good leaders and great leaders is not more time, for we all have the same amount, but more awareness of time. Many blame time for lack of results, while time blames them for lack of effort. The question is not how much time do you have, the question is how do you steward the time you do have?

Here’a few quick thoughts on making the most of your time.

PLAN

One thing we’ve been taught here at PP is how to schedule not just our hours, but also our days. So what am I doing on which day of the week? Many pastors rest Monday and then regroup on Tuesday to go over the weekend. But find your own rhythm and what works for you.

A great way to do this is keep an update To-Do list. Typically at the end of the work day on Thursday (our office hours are Monday – Thursday + All Day Sunday), I’ve added some items to my list for the following week.

TALK

You’ll never accomplish everything you’re called to do by yourself. I make sure that throughout my week I’m checking in with different staff members and sharing what I have going on and what I may need help with.

This truth is especially necessary in your relationships. With your spouse, block out some time to go over your week, and what you’ve got planned. A shared calendar is so beneficial for my wife and I. We’ve also learned from our pastors to take 20 minutes in the morning to discuss our day so we’re not running around trying to catch each other.

SLEEP

Pretty self explanatory, but if you don’t sleep enough you’ll waste a lot of time. When we are rested the way we steward our time drastically changes. We don’t approach assignments groggy and weighed down, but rather we’re clear and precise on what we’re doing.

Not all people are morning people, I understand but it’s good to become one. One of Charles Spurgeon’s greatest strengths was he never wasted his morning. Here’s a man who wrote some 150 books in his lifetime, he once said “It is so sweet every morning for the hands to do a little that they could not do yesterday, and for the feet to be able to walk a yard or two farther than a few days ago.”

You’ve got a lot to do, we know that, you know that, and God sure knows that. So in order to be all that He’s called us to be, we’ve got to steward and value all the time we’ve been given. So plan a lot, talk when you need to, and sleep because it’s good for you.

Of course there are more tips and tricks to time management. What are some things you do to make the most of your time? Feel free to drop us a line anytime!

 

We love you, we believe in you, we’re praying for you. Stay faithful and stay fruitful!

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Next Gathering: Passionate Pastors Collab Day (Movers & Makers )

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I used to think church was all about getting people to the building. You know, success has been painted to be how many people are coming to your church. It seemed simple enough; come up with creative ways to get as many people as possible to our service so they could hear about Jesus. While this is incredibly true to building a successful ministry, and numbers are important, church has to be more than what we do. It actually needs to become who we are. It’s needs to be more than what we think it currently is.

For many ministries, the importance of discipling programs and growth tracks is increasing. The church as a whole is becoming aware that having great church services is not the only goal. Our mission and mandate is to “Make Disciples”. To teach and direct people’s lives to become fully committed followers of Christ. It seems easy to make someone into a disciple, but we can’t until we’ve first moved them to a place where that process can begin. We move people in our services, and make them in our growth tracks and small groups. We are called to be movers and makers.

When someone is in the right place, they’re able to give birth to the dream and destiny that God has put inside of them. Mary knew something about having something in her but being the wrong place.

 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. – Luke 2:3-6 (ESV)

With Jesus ready to come into the world, the Bible was very clear on where He would be born. He would come from the tribe of Judah, the house of David, the city of Bethlehem. Notice though, the time for her to give birth didn’t come until she was in the right place. It wasn’t until she was moved from Galilee to Bethlehem that she gave birth.

As pastors and leaders, it’s our responsibility to move people from where they are to where God wants them to be. Often times we are to move them from our services into our growth tracks, small groups, and discipleship programs. This is where they are made into God has designed them to be.

We’re excited about our next Passionate Pastors gathering on August 22nd. This day is designed to discuss assimilation as well as the importance and intentionality of our growth tracks. You’ll hear from our team here at Passionate Pastors, as well as get a chance to open up with your strengths and struggles in the area of growth tracks.

We believe that the church is always edified when we come together for anything. So our prayer is that this day wouldn’t about pursuing God’s plan for our individual ministries, but also strengthening our reach as a whole and fulfilling our mission to make disciples of all nations.

 

We love you! Registration is still open at http://www.passionatepastors.com

 

Team Work Makes The…

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There is no such thing as a successful individual. Of course, by ourselves we can accomplish great things, and yes there is a sort of success that we can get to on our own. But at some time during our journey to success we’ve needed to rely on someone else. Someone who sparked our thought, someone who answered our questions, someone who wrote the book we study, or someone who manufacture the highlighter we used.

No matter how hard we try, we can’t get away from need other people. To experience the full and whole life that God has for us, we can’t lean on haughty independence. We need people.

In terms of building something great, we need a great team around us. Here at Passionate Pastors we believe strongly in team, and aim to make sure we’re always giving you thoughts on what a team is for and what it’s all about. Here’s a few thoughts from different places, that we’ve been meditating on lately about what a great team member does and eventually embodies.

1. ADAPT TO CHANGE

The Bible says those who wait for perfect conditions will never get anything done (Ecc. 11:4). There’s a temptation we face as team members to wait until the situation meets our individual needs rather than what’s good for the team. Ministry is always moving, what’s important is that we never lose momentum because of a change.

2. ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE

Be sure that your team is always getting involved with what’s going on. To grow a great culture, a team needs to participate in the culture. If you’re church desires to be built around small groups, be sure that your team or your staff are all in small groups. We can’t expect others to do something we ourselves aren’t doing.

3. AVIDLY COMMUNICATE

Communication is so crucial to a successful team. I want to make sure that I’m not waiting on someone to investigate my life until I communicate what’s going on in my life. From personal issues to professional ones, teach your team to always communicate. Create a safe culture where communication is welcomed whether it’s positive or challenging.

4. ADMIT MISTAKES

Accountability and responsibility are gold to developing a successful team. Watch out for team members who push blame on others for lack of their results. Phrases like “they never got back to me,” or “I did as much as I could” should be discerned and addressed immediately. When we can admit our mistakes we’re that much more open and available to learning and growing to success.

5. AWARE OF BIG PICTURE

Andy Stanley says the easiest way to kill a vision is to give yourself another one. To truly have a successful team every single member has to be aware of the big picture. Their role and responsibility is important, but the moment they focus more on themselves and their individual needs the miss the big picture. Every staff meeting should reinforce the big picture and challenge the team to keep focused on it. We all play a part, but our part if never more important than the next persons!

While there are endless principles for great teamwork, we pray that these five will help you keep growing and developing the leaders around you. Remember; teamwork makes the dream work so keep discipling, keep developing, and keep deploying!