Oct 1, 2013

Children's Leader - What's Your Day Job?

Ever find yourself wishing there were more hours in a day?

You're not alone...we all struggle at times with being so busy with the "ministry minutia,"  that what should be our main focus, gets crowded out.

As a children's ministry leader, our day job should be...
  • Seeking God and casting His vision for our children's ministry.
  • Creating strategies to more effectively reach and disciples kids and families.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of current programs and processes and making changes and adjustments as needed.
  • Pouring into people and raising up leaders of leaders.
But don't these things often get replaced with small tasks, issues that suddenly rise, meetings, preparation for special events, trips to pick up supplies, standing in front of a copier, etc.?

The big question is...how can you free up significant time....so you can focus on what should be your day job...the responsibilities that really matter the most.

Here's some tips that will help you focus on what should be your "day job."
  • Keep track of how you spend your time.  Spend a week writing down what you do every hour of your work day.  This is the first step in choosing effectiveness or busyness.
  • Eliminate or delegate smaller tasks and replace them with value adding ones.  Delegating work is easier said than done.  We instinctively cling to tasks that make us feel busy and thus important...even when they should not be our primary focus.  Studies show that the average leader spends about 41% of their time on work that could be handled competently by others.  
  • Cut some of those meetings.  Don't meet just to be meeting.
Your turn.  What are some other ways we can focus on what should be our primary "day job?"  Share your comments with us below.

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