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Productivity Vs. Busyness

The pastor’s job can be very busy at times. Running here and there with some nonstandard hours resulting in you feeling very busy.

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But being busy does not mean you are being productive actually it can mean quite the opposite. A lot of times we are so “busy” that we are not being productive at all.

We must strive to be efficient and productive to be the best we can be. Bragging about working 70 hour weeks just because you can is not always the most productive option.

See, trading productivity for busyness not only will have negative effects on your ministry performance but it will also have negative effects on your physical, mentally, and emotionally. As well as negatively impact your family.

Here are a few ideas to combat just being busy and instead working towards an effective productivity in the office:

Exhaustively Vet Your Meetings

Meetings can consume your week and if you are the one scheduling them take a step back really ask yourself if the meeting is necessary. Can I answer this in an email? Can I answer this with a quick phone call? Can I answer this with a quick five minute trip to a staff person’s office? Exhaustively vetting your meetings will probably mean getting rid of some and shortening others.

Keep An Organized and Meticulous Calendar

I get in trouble with this sometimes. I over schedule an afternoon or a day. Something I have really worked on his keeping a meticulous calendar and it really pays dividends. Block off certain times you need for meetings, sermon prep, visitation, discipleship, etc. Make this time non-negotiable. Also be careful how much you schedule into a day, morning, afternoon, or week. This will help you stay organized, efficient, and productive.

Always Put People Over Tasks

Tasks make us busy, sure tasks can also make us productive. But, in the ministry people are always before tasks. Any time discipling, leading, comforting, teaching, or praying with a person is a productive time. Do not miss this: a lot of times we think the people in our ministry get in the way of us being productive. This is not the case.

 

A lot of us take pride in how busy we are. We brag about the hours we work and the tasks we accomplished. But busy does not mean productive. Remember also that productivity does not mean putting tasks over people, especially not in ministry.

Written by Joe Hoagland

Joe Hoagland

Joe is a pastor at Grape Grove Church of Christ in Jamestown, Ohio. He is newly married to his awesome wife Jenna and together they have 2 spoiled dogs and a cat.

He loves to lead people to Jesus and preach God's word.

You can often times find Joe hiking, camping, writing, reading, or enjoying technology.

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