Parish ministry for me was always punctuated with the urgent and the important. It was an easy call for me. It was the so called “tyranny of the urgent” that was also unimportant that was a perpetual discipline.
BUT, my ability to make the important but not urgent a priority was always critical!
I sometimes did it well, and sometimes, not so well.
What about you?
Ministry leaders today are constantly at risk of mistaking activity for impact. A lot of current activity can masquerade in the mind as having long-term impact.
But activity is a cousin of urgent and unimportant.
Impact is married to important…whether it’s urgent or not.
So, take a simple evaluation. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being “best”:.
- I consistently focus on the important whether it is urgent or not.
- I can clearly distinguish what’s important and what’s not important.
- I desire long-term impact in my life and/or ministry and not simply managing activity.
- I could easily make a list of what I regard as important.
- I need to make some changes.
How did you do? Where do you need to make some changes?
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