Thursday, January 31, 2008

Time Management

In his book, Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, Bill Hull points out a common fallacy in ministry. "Activity is not always the answer to success. Pressing needs don't always take precedence over preparation for meeting those same needs." (p. 80) How true yet how difficult that is. To help with the struggle, Hull suggests four steps for pastors seeking to use their time wisely.
  1. Set goals that are scripturally based.
  2. Set priorities for the activities that are necessary to reach those goals.
  3. Develop a schedule that reflects your goals and priorities.
  4. Discipline yourself to keep your schedule.
Bill Hull, Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, (Grand Rapids: Fleming H. Revell, 1990), 81.
This makes good sense, but is difficult to actually do when a multitude of "needs" bombard the church office. We all might do well to remember this and pray that our pastors will be able to discern how best to use their time.

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