Staying Organized: The Cost of a Cluttered Desk

The desk struggle is real for pastors. It doesn’t take long for it to get out of control. You may have even resigned yourself to the fact that you will always have a cluttered desk. It’s just a part of the job, right?

Wrong. Average pastors may consider a cluttered desk to be a necessary evil–but not so with renegade pastors. As a renegade, you should be more aware of the dangerous effects that can result from a cluttered desk. A cluttered desk means that:

  • You will eventually lose or forget something. You may think you know what’s buried in each pile of paperwork on your desk, but you probably don’t. Eventually, something will fall through the cracks because you forgot it was waiting at the bottom of a desk pile.
  • You will lose time looking for things. Time spent searching for something on your desk is time wasted. Even if you save only a few minutes every week by keeping your desk organized, you will gain several hours per year for fruitful ministry.
  • You will get frustrated. Spending valuable time searching for things, coupled with the pain of forgetting something, will inevitably increase your frustration level–and no pastor needs added frustration.
  • You won’t be able to focus as well on the important things. A messy desk leads to mental clutter. The more mental clutter you have, the less you are able to focus on the important things you need to do.

In addition, a cluttered desk (and clutter in general) decreases your enthusiasm and your peace of mind. For all of these reasons and more, it is important that you get your desk under control.

– Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman

The above excerpt is from pgs. 85-86 of The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Time Management. 

Time is your most important God-given resource no matter how hard you work, you can’t make a day last longer than twenty-four hours. By mastering a set of proven time-management principles, you can regain control of your life. It is possible to manage your time so that you can stay on top of the never-ending demands of being a pastor, nurture your congregation, spend quality time with your family, and take care of your physical and emotional needs. Become the pastor God has called you to be.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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