Pastors can be very busy people. The demands and expectations of pastoral ministry can be overwhelming. The average church member will never really understand the often overwhelming responsibilities that come with pastoral ministry. However, in my experience many pastors are absolutely terrible in managing their time. A majority of pastors tend to be extroverts and conversation lovers. All though those can be great strengths for a pastor, many pastors struggle with discipline, administration, and organization. This gets tough when pastors have to juggle so many hats and responsibilities. For example, I have a variety of priorities I have to lead and maintain. Here are a few:
- Christ Follower
- Future Dad
- Full Time Seminary Student
- Youth Ministry
- Children’s Ministry
- College/Young Adult Ministry
- Other Church Responsibilities
As you can see, juggling all nine of these priorities and responsibilities has been incredibly tough to manage. Although I drop the ball often, I have developed an organizational system to help me keep the balls in the air most of the time. Most people complain about not having enough time, in reality most people are just terrible time managers. I am always trying to improve as a faithful steward of the time on this earth Jesus has given me. As I’ve tried to manage my time and balance my priorities effectively, I’ve developed a personal system to help. I though it would be a neat idea to share my system with you in hopes that it might be beneficial to you as well. By no means am I a productivity/time management guru, but I hope to help. By no means am I asking you to emulate my setup, but I hope it will be helpful in creating your own system of organization. I’ve learned that the best system is not the one you copy from somebody else, but the one that you create that works for you. Everybody is different.
I am a young pastor who grew up in the age of technology. As a result, I use technology as my primary way to stay organized and productive. In the next blog post I will showcase several different apps I utilize to accomplish my tasks. If your a pastor, they might be worth looking into. If you are just looking to help manage your life better, you might want to look into them as well.
Overall, my prayer is that each and every one of us would learn to maximize the time we have for God’s glory, especially those of us who are pastors.