And all he had to say was, “Those are great ideas, wish we had the time to use them.”
Really!!! Wish we had the time. Time!!!
He completely missed the point of the book. We focus so much on the urgent and ignore the important.
He didn’t see the problem, like many Pastors I speak with.
The problem isn’t that as Pastors we don’t want to work. No, it’s that WE spend too much TIME doing the WRONG work.
As a result, churches end up in chaos –
- and unpredictable
- No one knows what to do, or what’s expected
- We copy other churches mission statements and values – but none of our volunteers can identify with them
- We are too busy for the important cause we are handling the urgent. We are busy but we are not making progress.
Church growth is limited by our availability.
Yes TIME is an issue!!! So in the next couple of lines I want to share with you some easy to implement concepts for gaining back time.
- Don’t use your valuable time on work that has no value
- Determine your hourly value – for example, I think I’m worth $30.00 an hour, so when I spend most of my day making copies of curriculum and doing work that is worth $20.00 an hour – I am robbing God $10.00.
- Don’t rob from God.
- Find THINK time. At least 2 hours a week.
- TIP #1: 20% of what you do, gives you 80% of impactful results. So stop doing stuff that isn’t impactful. Start a ‘not to do’ list.
- TIP #2: Automate anything you find important. To automate means to run by using software or computers as opposed to you doing the work. For example, I use a company called Fancy Hands to check my emails. I save about 3 hours a week having them check my emails and they send it to me in an Excel document.
- TIP #3: Learn the art of Delegation. There are tasks that need to get done, they just don’t need to get done by you.
- TIP #4: Find ways to Share Information – use a blog or an email newsletter. The goal is to eliminate confusion and provide clarity. I find it’s better to have too much information than to have too little.
- TIP #5: Meet with your teams consistently. I find that 70% of my interruptions come from someone on my team trying to find clarity. So when I’m interrupted, most of the time I respond by asking is this is a question that can wait until our next meeting. If they say no, then I’ll listen, but most of the time, it’s something that could wait.
- BONUS TIP: Find a coach – find someone who is a step or two ahead of you and invite them to lunch, or read a book by an expert in your field, or hire a coach. It’s a worthwhile investment because Coaches can move you further faster. (So maybe this was a cheap plug.)
So, these tips are important because they will help you gain back the time you need to focus on the important – creating systems.
Tomorrow, I want to talk about the 3 most important systems a growing church must have.
So keep your eyes open for the next blog, the subject will be “Church Systems: Top 3 systems for growing churches.
Awesome, praying you THRIVE.