The Importance of Being Efficient

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Time Management. 

Efficiency is vital in any business–and in any church. In a church setting it translates into better stewardship of God’s resources. Inefficiency is wasteful and even sinful in that it squanders the three most important resources God gives us: time, money, and people. Time gets wasted doing things in ways that need to be improved upon, streamlined, or updated. Money given to us by churchgoers or financial partners get wasted on initiatives that aren’t the most critical. And other people get frustrated when they realize that their time and money aren’t being well utilized.

To begin moving toward greater efficiency, ask yourself (and the other leaders your church) these important questions:

  • Do we conduct too many meetings or appoint too many committees?
  • Is there a way to do things more cost-effectively?
  • Are the right people in the right positions?
  • Do we offer setting sin which staff members can work quietly and uninterrupted?
  • Do we have automated systems in place wherever possible?

These questions can help you identify key areas in which the efficiency level can be raised in your church.

– Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman

The above excerpt is from pgs. 24-25 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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