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So one of the big issues we’ve been wrestling with at Vista is sideways energy. These past few days I’ve been wrestling with how to spend my time, energy and resources to capture my maximum potential for myself, Vista and the Kingdom.

Here are some thoughts:

  • Just because you’re busy does not make you effective or productive.
  • To stay focused you have to delegate.
  • To delegate means you’ve had to create a healthy leadership culture.
  • Are you working on projects that only “you” should be working on? Or could that project have been delegated? Therefore elevating your organization effectiveness?
  • A lot of people love to “feel” busy, but then they wonder why they are not effective. They work hard, but they work on the wrong things. Your tired, stressed, busy and still not fulfilling your dreams. That my friend is a frustrating place to be. (see above)
  • Do you have margins in your calender? Space to think, write, reflect and be creative. I personally would die if I did not include this into my calender. It’s a must. I can care less what “to-do’s” get dropped. This is my time to recharge my batteries. Pastors-Don’t do this in-place of spending time with your family. Get a grip please.

I love Andy Stanley’s philosophy on “narrowing the focus.” Life feels more whole and healthy if you are focused on doing a few good things well. I think this is why so many struggle in the ministry. A pastor is expected to be “all things to all people.” We sheppard, preach, do business aspects of ministry, have to understand marketing, finance, theology and don’t forget counseling. Plus, everyone wants part of our time. They want us to adopt their dreams for our church. I could go on and on.

A pastor has to protect him/herself, their family and the vision of the church. So the obvious questions is this. What is your vision? How do you want to add value to your church & community. Does that vision match well with your gift-set?

And then the next question is this: Are you doing what you desire to do? Does your finances and resources reflect it? Or is your life out of control? Maybe your spinning so many plates you’ve lost the vision and passion. If so, you’ve lost they very thing that drives you. That thing that keeps you awake at night. That thing that you’re willing to die for. That thing that caused you to pursue this thing called ministry.

Pastor, stay focused on the vision that God has given you. You are responsible to be good stewards of that vision. And anything, even good things that get in the way must be removed. So your dream and God’s call on your life can come to fruition.



  1. It’s frenetic motion vs. constructive action.

  2. What a great reminder! While in India earlier this month, Suresh Thomas told me, “Some pastors are busier than Christ.”

    This was very thought provoking. We should all ask ourselves, “Am I busier than Christ?”

    “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there….they found Him, and said to Him, ‘Everyone is looking for you.’ He said to them, ‘Let us go somewhere else…that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.'” – Jesus on Focus (Mark 1:35-38)

    In Dale Burke’s book, Less Is More Leadership, he suggests we all need to manage four types of time:
    – Rest Time – focusing on your health, your spirituality, and marriage
    – Results Time – focusing on the “main things” that advance the mission
    – Response Time – focusing on cleaning up and following up on your “stuff”
    – Refocus Time – focusing on and adjusting what and how you should juggle

    Enough said…

  3. Great thoughts – wish I had the margin to actually think about it more =) You and me getting together next week looks bad. Crazy week, but the next is a lot better.

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