In yesterday’s post I talked about the how financial margin can allow you to do more ministry and to do ministry better. Today I want to look at how having margin in your TIME can help you do more ministry and do that ministry better.
- Sabbath: In the beginning God created everything. After 6 days, he rested. Now, God is all powerful. Somehow I don’t think he NEEDED to rest. He did it to show us the importance of margin in our time. Having margin in your time will allow you to get rest.
- Energy: If you are in ministry, then I don’t need to tell you this, but ministry is hard work. If we want to do more ministry and do it better, then we need to have margin. This will allow us to get the rest we need so that we can have the energy we need to do the hard work of ministry.
- Emergencies: The truth of ministry is that it is not a 9-5 job. It is an available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at a moments notice for whatever comes up kinda job. If you don’t have margin in your time, then you may not be available at a crucial moment when a person in your church needs you.
- Creativity: Margin will give you more time to think about the things going on in your ministry. Plus with the added rest mentioned earlier will put you in better condition to be creative with the extra time you have.
This is just a short list of the advantages of adding a little margin into your schedule. For many of us in ministry this is not something that come naturally for us. For many of us this is something that we would have to be VERY intentional about. This might go so far as actually scheduling down time. You may actually have to put events on your calendar specifically set aside as down time.
I know that this may seem like much ado about nothing, but trust me this will be worth the effort that you put into it. Do this and you will find that your work time is more productive.Matt Norman
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