What Are Your Priorities?

I was looking through some old Evernote’s and saw one of my first notes when I came to Element Church to start my new position.That was almost two years ago now. It was a kick list of everything I needed to work on with the ministry personally. I started the list with my four “values” priorities:

  1. Love people
    1. This should never change. We are in the people business. God has called us to the people we serve.
  2. Cast vision
    1. As the Family Pastor I take the overall vision of the church and cast specific vision for each of the areas I lead.
  3. Celebrate the past
    1. When you take a new position the temptation is to come in and change everything just for the sake of change. I spent time celebrating what was done in the past rather than tearing anything down. One of the best honor moments we had was celebrating a staff person who was moving out of kids into another area. I bought flowers and had the teachers present them and pray over her in front of all the kids. This brought honor to her, my pastor and the church knew I was for them. I didn’t do everything right with this but that is maybe the one thing I did do right.
  4. Evaluate for the future
    1. Lists are a good way to think through what needs to be changed. One of the best practices is to walk around and see things through the eyes of a new person. Now I wouldn’t suggest carrying a clipboard or iPad to write those down as that can be intimidating (I made that mistake).

I thought that was a good reminder and sent those four to some of my staff. What are thoughts? How about your priorities, what are they?



I Need Boundaries!

Boundaries are important in life…

They guide us in what we should and shouldn’t say. Well, most of us. I think there have been times where I have turned off the speech boundary switch.

They help us know which lanes we should drive in. Again, not all of us seem to see those. Just last night on I-75 I questioned if one gentleman knew what those dotted lines meant.

Chairs make a great boundary. I would love to remove them from my children’s church but the kids seem to forget how to act as soon as I try it.

We have to live our life by boundaries as well. This is especially true in ministry. Here’s some things I have had to do to make sure my life has proper boundaries.

1) First off I like to use the word “priorities”. I have set priorities, I think everyone has. Anyone can make a list of priorities, it’s a totally different thing to actually live by them. For instance, I am sure every Christian should put God at the top of the priority list. He surely comes in #1 on my list. Sometimes though I don’t feel like He’s #1. Sometimes things seem to try and push Him out. I have to measure how am I really spending my time? How I spend my time determines what my priorities really are.

2) Learn to say “no”. They are some good things you are going to have to say “no” to. There may even be some great things to say “no” to. You can’t do every good thing. You have to do what God has called you to do.

3) “Do first things first and second things not at all” (Peter Drucker). We talk a lot about R.O.I., return on investment, here at Life Christian Church. Is there a better way I could be spending my time? Is this worth the effort I am putting into it?

4) What am I doing that someone else can do? What are the things that only I can do? This is one of my weak points. I have to learn to delegate and duplicate myself in others at a higher level.

5) Fight for your family (or marriage, free time, hobby, etc), because no one else will. It’s not your boss’ duty to fight for those things, only you can know whats worth fighting for. No one is going to schedule dates for me and my wife. My pastor isn’t going to make sure I am spending quality and quantity time with my daughters.