4 Things Busyness Steals from Ministry – If You Let it – By Ty Tamasaka
I haven’t updated this blog for awhile now. I’ve been busy. While I love blogging and updating things, I’m learning some important lessons about being too busy. I’d like to say I’m consistently successful in balancing my schedule, but I’m not. Here are some things I’ve learned busyness steals from my ministry – if I let it.
1 – It steals the opportunity to live life with your team. Busyness can take away from the time you have to shepherd and live life with your team. Effective ministry is born in the context of healthy relationships and in our western culture, busyness is probably the biggest obstacle to building health relationships.
2 – It steals the opportunity to do quality work. My dad often referred to himself as a jack-of-all-trades, but a master-of-none. He instilled in me a value to stay away from trying to dabble a little in everything, but rather, to master a few things. Doing lots of little things can easily take its toll and steal away from the quality of work you do quality work in important tasks.
4 – It steals the ability to remember the “why” we do ministry. When servant-leaders become too busy with a large amount of tasks and duties that need to be fulfilled, it becomes dangerously easy to lose focus of the “why” we do ministry and let it become a boring, religious obligation.
3 – It steals the opportunity to be in awe of God’s work. When we were in the middle of planting a church, my eyes were keenly focused on the needs of the church, the ministry, and the challenges in front of us. It’s sad to admit that it actually took several years after we had left the church plant, to really be in awe of what God was really doing in our midst there. Busyness truly steals the opportunity to be in awe of God’s work.
4 – It steals the opportunity to enjoy the journey. While the day to day tasks of the ministry can easily consume your time and energy, in the end, the church is really about people. Though it is easy to forget, being a pastor and church leader isn’t about accomplishing tasks, but connecting with God and people. Too many church leaders equate busyness for God with being close to God. That is far from true. Here’s the key lesson for busy leaders today. Busyness for God does not equal intimacy with God.
I know balancing schedules in today’s work is tough. I understand there is little time and lots to do. Don’t allow busyness to take over your life. Make time to share life with your ministry team and shepherd your leaders. Make time to put in quality work. Make time to communicate the “why” of ministry and be in awe of God’s work in your ministry. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the journey.
Remember – Busyness for God does not equal intimacy with God. What opportunities do you miss because you are overwhelmed with ministry?
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.