Prioritize Your Ministry Life

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In ministry, often it can seem as though a constant barrage of urgent tasks all demand your immediate attention. Ed Stetzer has authored over a dozen books and serves as Lead Pastor of Grace Church, which has two campuses in Sumner County, TN. His full-time job is as President of Lifeway Research. Watch as Ed shares practical ways he prioritizes his time, making sure he creates room in his very busy schedule for the important people and activities in his life.

Ed gave two things that he does to prioritize his time:
  1. He only does what he alone can do
  2. He leaves undone things that need to be done if his family needs him

Ed admitted that his first point was a bit of a luxury, and that being surrounded by a great team at church and at work allowed him the freedom to pass many responsibilities on to others. Think about your long list of responsibilities. Are there items on your to-do list that you could pass on to someone else? What are they? How might letting go of some of those tasks benefit the person you give them to, whether a staff person or volunteer?
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How much control do you give your spouse over your schedule? Does your spouse have "veto" power, letting you know when you are stretched too thin?
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What does leaving things undone that need to be done look like for you in your ministry? What system or criteria define whether a task is absolutely necessary to do immediately or can wait for the sake of your family?
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Family members, friends, your personal spiritual walk, and physical health are all things that Ed noted pastors often put on the back burner because of more pressing, urgent tasks. How do you think you can work to more clearly define boundaries in your life so that you leave time for the things that Ed calls "important but not urgent"?
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Ed rightly pointed out that so many things that church leaders neglect are the things which lead to longevity in ministry. Solid relationships with spouse and children, deep friendships, vibrant personal spiritual walk, and commitment to physical health are the fuel for the marathon of a call to church ministry.