The Point of Balance

Busy-ness!  Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you can’t breathe?  Has there ever been a point in your life when you feel as though life is swallowing your joy?  I have and it can drag deep into the ground!

Starting a new church can definitely be busy!  As the pastor you become the doer or facilitator of most aspects.  In the early stages and development of a new church that is typical.  But I have tried to balance life and ministry in a way that it does not negatively impact my life, my family and my ministry!
Here are some lessons I have learned:
1.  Create your schedule, don’t let your schedule create you.
We can get so busy that our schedules dictate the next steps of every moment.  Figure out a schedule that works for you.  I start my office hours @ 7:00 am everyday and I finish at about 1:00 pm.  That leaves room for meetings, lunches and errands in the afternoon or evening.
2.  Delegate!
If you have someone on your time that can handle the project let them take it off your shoulders.  We can’t do everything!
3.  Keep your personal prayer and devotional time.
Sacrifice everything else to get this in everyday.  “Apart from Jesus you can do nothing.”
4.  Prioritize!
When planning your week make sure you know what the priorities are.  We can get so distracted, but when you have your to-do-list by priority it will bring you back to staying on point.
5.  Make time for people!
You can’t do church without people.  Return phone calls.  Respond to emails.  Communicate with your leadership and your church.
6.  Family is your ministry.
My first obligation is to my family – my wife and kids!  I told my wife several years ago if the church every replaced my family I would leave church ministry!  My family is my passion – they reveal who I really am.  I want to make sure that they reflect well.
Busy days, but exciting!  I can’t wait to see what God does in the next few months!
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