What about the other 167 hours?

What about the other 167 hours?

Take a look at the ministry flow chart below. It puts the role of celebration– the worship service– in context. That’s one hour out of the week… the rest of the week is 167 hours. Consider where you are putting your time and energy. How much is being...
What is God putting on your to-do list?

What is God putting on your to-do list?

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed looking at your to-do list, especially if you are faced with the prospect of additional demands. The best starting point is first finding out where you are currently spending your time. Record what you are doing and how much time...
Death by Addition: A Reflection on Holy Week

Death by Addition: A Reflection on Holy Week

By guest blogger Mark Foster, pastor of Acts 2 Church In many churches, Holy Week is the high point of the annual church calendar. It’s also like the Super bowl and a marathon rolled into one. I’m always amazed at the number of extra events churches plan during holy...
Annual time-budget seasons

Annual time-budget seasons

For many people, the way they spend their time isn’t consistent from week to week or even month to month. Some people are bi-vocational or have a trans-local ministry that requires more time during one season and less during another. They may have two or three...

God can clear a schedule

I have discovered numerous times when I’m overbooked just how well God can clear a schedule. There are some times when you’re doing God’s will but you just have too much going on. Recently I was looking at my schedule on a Monday morning and there was literally too...

Planning for the unexpected

Here’s some unsolicited advice:  You don’t want to schedule your weeks more than 80% full. You need to leave about 20% buffer because life happens. What I have discovered is that if you fully schedule your 40 hours, you’ll work close to 50 because other things come up...

The muddled middle

Today, a client’s perspective on how coaching has helped him. From guest blogger Ryan Bearschell of The Salvation Army. I have this common time period every day from 1-4 pm where I’m just no good. I’m tired and unproductive– I call it my “brainless time” or my...