Many ministry leaders know how to operate intentionally on Sundays but fail to capture the rest of the week’s potential. Discover scriptural concepts and practical tips to be the most effective and efficient version of yourself for the sake of God’s Kingdom.
Workshop at Impact Conference 2023
How to Have a Week Full of Meaningful Ministry
Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts (Psalm 90:12).
- If you spend your days with reactionary responses, you value everyone’s expectations over God’s will.
- There is a difference between being busy and being productive.
- Church leaders will either drift to taking advantage of the ministry or the minister.
- Don’t work hard at doing something without working hard on how you should be doing it.
- The Holy Spirit is not limited to working on just Sundays.
- Undisciplined leaders exhaust themselves, frustrate staff, and limit members.
- Exodus 18:18 – You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can’t do it alone.
- Moses would have missed God’s revelation if he had failed to adjust his organization.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10 – Whatever your hands find to do, do with all your strength, because there is no work, planning, knowledge, or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.
- We should undertake our tasks with urgent diligence due to finite limitations.
- Matthew 25:29 – For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
- Faithful stewardship leads to greater privileges; poor stewardship leads to lesser opportunities.
- Acts 6:4 – But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.
- Make a plan for secondary issues so that they don’t keep you from primary purposes.
- Leaders must be thoroughly responsible for a ministry’s needs without being personally required to meet each one.
- Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.
- Mediocre ministry attempts are an affront to Jesus.
- Titus 2:14 – He gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people for his own possession, eager to do good works.
- Grace reminds us that we don’t have to do good works; we get to do good works..
Jesus expects us to reorient our lives to fulfill the ministry He has given us (Acts 20:24).
- Spiritual Habits
- Don’t preach for your congregation to prioritize habits you don’t personally practice.
- Meetings that you value have an invitee, a time, and an agenda.
- Family Rhythms
- Don’t minister in such a way that your family resents the church.
- Your unhealthy ministry schedule can disqualify you from the people you want to serve.
- Ministry Practices
- Discipline will open doors that your talent can’t crack.
- Refusing to evaluate your practices is an admission that Jesus deserves half-hearted efforts.
Ephesians 5:15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise— 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
📅 TIME – INTENTIONAL CALENDAR
- How do you order your days?
📋 TASKS – STRATEGIC TO-DOS
- What are your priorities?
🗂️ THOUGHTS – ARCHIVED CONTENT
- How will you organize files?
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.