Finding Time in Ministry When You Have None

January 6, 2015
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Podcast Episode #087


I’m excited to announce the expansion of Rainer on Leadership from weekly to twice a week. Over the past 20 months, we’ve seen a tremendous response to the podcast with more than 300,000 downloads so far. When I’m out speaking, I am routinely asked to cover specific practical ministry topics more on the podcast. So these Tuesday episodes will do just that. In this week’s episode and the Tuesday episodes in the future, Jonathan and I will discuss some of the nuts and bolts of ministry as we concentrate on practical issues that relate to the church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • It’s difficult for ministers to say no to church members even when their request might be outlandish.
  • There are too many ministers who do not want to hand off ministry.
  • The first two things that pastors and staff neglect when they get busy is personal prayer & devotion and exercise.
  • Pastor, does your calendar have adequate time for prayer, sermon prep, and your family?
  • Please God and your family first. If you’re not pleasing them first, your priorities are out of order.
  • Ministers who don’t have enough time are often ministers who don’t plan their days.

The seven ways you can find more time in ministry are:

  1. Learn to say no.
  2. Learn to delegate
  3. Exercise.
  4. Calendar in batches of time.
  5. Calendar margin.
  6. Learning that you can’t please everyone.
  7. Go on a television and Internet diet

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