As a church staff member, I am sad to say that I have wasted time at work. While I’ve occasionally gotten over-engaged in surfing the net, that’s not what I’m talking about… I have wasted time trying to “fix” people. I’ve wasted time on ideas which were unlikely to produce any measurable results [but they were MY ideas]. I’ve wasted time in meetings which served no actual purpose [some of which were MY meetings]…
However, the greatest time-waster at work – BY FAR – has been spending time on unimportant tasks. I’ve let e-mails and texts plan my day. There’s only one way around that… Map out your priorities. Do important work first. If you don’t, your time will be filled by the unimportant.
As a practical example, in a perfect world I would respond to every e-mail. I don’t, though. Many of the e-mails I receive are unsolicited messages designed to sell me things or get me excited about some initiative. I usually don’t respond to those, because time is a limited resource, and if I spend it there, it’s gone for the things that I really need to focus on. That’s true even if they are good things. In the church world, most of them are. But it’s simply impossible to support EVERY cause, to read EVERY book, to check out what EVERY other church is doing.
Don’t be a passive bystander in your own work life. Sit down, map out what the truly important parts of your job are, and do those things – first.
“You don’t put the problem in charge of the solution.” – Henry Cloud
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I'm a Christian, a husband, a dad, a son, a pastor, a consultant, a musician, a writer, and bits and pieces of a bunch of other things. My work life has followed three main phases - business to teaching to church. I was the Weekend Services Pastor for nine years at Northview Church, an awesome church in the Indianapolis suburbs. I used to work for Willow Creek, another awesome church in the Chicago area. Plus I've written for various magazines and websites, and other freelancy sorts of things... My life mission is to help the church be as excellent as it can be.
Oh yeah - the name's Greg. Greg Wallace. But not the race car driver or the major league pitcher or the British celebrity chef. Just the creative worship guy. Hi.
It's my hope that these ideas, musings, rants, raves, etc... will inspire you. They're just my opinions - but again, I hope that they'll help to inspire you. Because the church really, really needs inspired creative types. If you're a creative type (and most people are, deep-down), ask God for help. Then take any ideas that are useful to you - borrow them, nab them, use them, adapt them - and make them into something greater...
You can head over to my Instagram site for an abundance of shorter posts: creativeworshipideas. If you're looking for consulting - especially on weekend services, team leadership or multi-site strategies - I'd love to help. Just message me here, and I'll be in touch - Greg
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