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.
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.
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.
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!