Pastor Skip was new to the church and community.
He was everywhere in town.
He’d joined the local Rotary Club.
He was at all of the high school sporting events.
He had lunch with important people in the congregation and the community in a variety of restaurants around town almost every day.
He finagled being interviewed on TV
He visited congregation members and strangers in each of the hospitals in town on a rotating basis.
He would say “Hi” to everyone he met.
Everyone was excited about how busy Pastor Skip was.
Doing a lot of the right things isn’t always the right thing
The only problem was, he wasn’t connected to anyone — there were very few people who felt close enough to, or comfortable enough with, Pastor Skip to call him for pastoral counseling, or lunch, or for much of anything else unless he initiated it.
Being Busy Isn’t the Same As Being Effective
Busy is . . .
. . . being seen by members &/or public — You do need to be seen, otherwise, there will be the assumption that you’re not doing anything. And it’s still doesn’t always mean that there is accomplishment.
. . . making your presence known — A good question to consider is if making your presence known is the result of legitimate service, or is it . . .
. . . to get attention — Is the calling to ministry to get attention for God or for self?
. . . to boost one’s ego — Feeding one’s ego is not about service.
. . . to cover a person’s reputation as being available — busy-ness can easily be confused with availability, but they’re not the same thing.
Problems with ONLY being busy
It doesn’t mean being productive — A lot of time can be wasted being busy, with little being accomplished.
Busy-ness can fool the church leader into lethargy — Keeping busy physically with a full calendar of being seen can lull you into failing to care for yourself and others
Busy-ness can be the result of not knowing how to minister effectively — Constant
activity may be far removed from actually ministering to people’s needs.
AS A RESULT
Congregants become dissatisfied . . .
. . . but be unable to define why since activity and being seen may appear to be what ministry is about.
. . . because they don’t know how to help (confront) the problem even though they feel empty and unfed.
Your busy-ness can wear you out, even to the point of burnout. Don’t confuse a full schedule with being effective. Learn to be accessible to people, guard time to minister to yourself and your family, and keep the focus on being productive.
When you feel like your wheels are spinning and you’re going nowhere, or you just don’t feel that you’re accomplishing anything, give me a call or shoot me an e-mail and let’s talk about what you can do to get back on track in your ministry.