Podcast Episode #396
Churches are busy. Some are too busy for their own good. So today, we discuss what a zero-based church schedule might look like and how to practice the exercise on your own.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Most churches have not made the crossover from the program-centered church to the current reality of church schedules.
- Don’t let the church calendar become the end instead of the means.
- When it comes to church events, churches add, but they rarely subtract.
- The most precious resource you have in your church is the time of the members.
- It’s often better to invest more time in fewer things than less time in more things.
- Churches should be good stewards of time.
The six points we cover are:
- Most churches have too many activities and programs and ministries for their members.
- Over the years, those churches have added many things to the calendar without subtracting many or any.
- Attempt this exercise. Start with a blank calendar.
- Now, fill in the calendar with only those activities you feel will really move the church forward.
- Look at those activities that didn’t make the cut.
- If you do this every year, your leadership will become more and more aware of how precious the resource of time is for your members.
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