Thursday, September 24, 2009

Focus your time

Like in any business or group, you ministry will deal with the 80/20 Rule. That means that eighty percent of the peeps on your staff will do twenty percent of the work, and visa versa. You need to put your time into a small amount of peeps; invest the necessary resources that will get them to be more committed. That means out of ten peeps, for instance, that you want to spend a majority of your time investing into only two of them. This will bring you a bigger return on investment than if you were spinning your wheels and trying to juggle and disperse your time evenly. S remember, putting the best of your time into twenty percent of your peeps will give you eighty percent of the action and results.

You still need to spend time with the others. However, if you are a part of a growing ministry, you need to focus the better part of your energy on what will continue to foster that growth. You only have so much time and energy to give. If you do not focus accordingly then you are going to burn out. And I am one who believes that you cannot, or at least should not, burn out in ministry. If you do then there is something wrong. Either you are spending your time on the wrong stuff or you are letting yourself be taken advantage of by your superiors or your volunteer staff. But, it is always your fault. No one controls your life. You do. I know that you have obligations to your church and to your boss, whoever that may be, but it is important that you take responsibility for your actions and decisions.

You will learn really quickly. Remember, if you do not let peeps know what you are thinking then you cannot expect them to know what you feel you do and don’t feel you should be doing. What is the most important part of your ministry? When I ask that I want to know what you specifically do well and that no one else can do for you. For example, I hope you are the one who lays out the vision for your group. But, on the other hand, you may not be a good speaker and think that someone else should be up front for the kids to see. What??? I know, to think that your youth group kids may not get all of your wisdom seems to be absurd. But let’s face it; some peeps do not need to be up front for any number of reasons. Maybe you are a boring speaker or just a bad communicator on stage. You need to know this stuff.

Ask your staff for honest feedback. Ask them what you do and don’t do well. You will be surprised that when you ask, and then shut your big cake hole to listen, what good comments and suggestions you can get from your staff. Remember, they see you all the time and know what you do well and what you are not good at. Take heed to their advice and, after you separate the wheat from the bad stuff, make changes. Both you and your staff will grow leaps and bounds.

The question I have for you is: who are you spending the majority of you time with? Does this need to change? Where is your ministry and where do you want it to be? You need to have a really pointed and concise understanding of where your ministry is and where you want it to be. Spend your time with the peeps you need to and listen to what they have to say. There is going to be the majority that thinks they know best, and then there is the minority that actually knows and will give you good stuff to use, if you listen. So, listen and realize that this small amount of peeps you pour into can become a juggernaught in ministry.

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