How to Focus Your Ministry Time

How to Focus Your Ministry Time

Thom Rainer writes that pastors can waste a lot of time on social media, counseling that they aren’t qualified to do, and handling phone calls and meetings that can drain time and energy. He suggests minimizing meetings, handling conversations as they come up, focusing on meeting agendas, and cutting non-essential tasks or having a secretary administrative tasks.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Find more time each week by cutting the stuff that doesn’t matter, planning more effectively, and removing the work outside your expertise.

  • Focus on Expertise: We all have our gifts and expertise, and leaders should focus on what only they can do or their specialties. If counseling is a time drain outside of your training, partner with a group to cover that area or empower someone else on your staff to handle it.
  • Plan Ahead: Limit your meetings, but for the meetings you keep, plan ahead with a meeting goal, a small number of agenda items, and include a small, essential team for the meeting.
  • Conserve Energy: Social media and phone calls can drain energy and emotions, so carefully manage each, limiting what you can to automation or voice mail.

How can you remove one time draining activity or practice this week?

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