Being a bi-vocational Pastor is absolutely the hardest thing I have done to date. Adding the Pastorate to the mix of an already super busy schedule has stretched me to the limits, or so it seems at times. Complaining, No. Just stating the obvious. As I sat home today I decided to start working out a schedule. At times I allow myself to take on the assumption that I don’t have time to do everything that is required of me. Being a husband, father of two with another child due in a few short months, pastor, worker, etc. sometimes gets overwhelming when I think of all the things which needs to be completed before the weekend. My issue isn’t time, it’s being conscious of the time and taking control of the time I have instead of allowing it to slip by.
Commitment + Preperation = Success. This was a statement which I reminded myself of some months back and started to realize that you can wish or will to succeed all I want but until you commit and prepare, success is only somthing you wish you could accomplish instead of something which is attainable. If I want to be a successful husband and father, time and presence are two key factors which I must commit to. If I want to be successful as a Pastor I must prepare myself in order to equip those who God has called me to lead. I have come to the conclusion that schedules are a necessity. So I went to the drawing board and wanted to share them with you. Here are two PDF files.
- Weekly Roles and Goals – This sheet is where I take my to do list and begin filling in what needs to be done for the coming week. Once I list out all of my goals I will then begin inserting them into the weekly calendar. I am going to start using Friday Evenings/Saturday Mornings to finalize my roles/goals and managing the coming week.
- Weekly Time Commitments_Rough Draft – This attachment is my weekly calendar. As you will be able to tell, I have went a little overboard in placing commitments which are in stone. It includes my current work schedule, travel time to work,I live close to 70 miles away from my job, service times, I have even added sleep times. This is the framework of what the rest of my week should be managed around. For the most part, these are the things I can’t change at the moment.
As I develop what I need to accomplish and what tasks need to be taken care of for the week they will be added to my schedule. I will be adding sermon prep time, phone calls, family time, administrative time etc. The good thing about putting together this schedule is I have found that there are a total of 168 hours in a week. After you subtract sleep time, travel time, work time, and service times it leaves me with approximately 60.5 hours in a given week.
It is my job to commit to making the best use of those 60.5 hours, preparing a plan in order to make sure what needs to gets done does, and then at the end of the week rejoice in the fact that as a christ-follower, husband, father, pastor, worker, etc. I was successful. I really believe that if I can get a handle on making the best use of the time I have now, God will make a way to become full-time. But, if I can’t manage the time I have now, how can he trust me with more time later.
Matter of fact, there is a verse which states… “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” – Matthew 25:21
Commitment + Preparation = Success.