_In what feels like another life, working in retail with a set schedule took out a lot of planning. Every week we had the same things to clean, the same customers would come in at the same time every day, our orders were delivered by the same guy on the same day, and each shift had its own responsibilities. It was working through a checklist, not rocket science.
One of the things that new ministry leaders learn is that there isn't a time clock to punch in/out of and every day presents its own challenges. So often, you'll leave your house not knowing what your day will face. And since there's no time clock and rarely do ministry leaders have someone checking in on their every actions, it can be easy to slide into a groove and coast. My friend Sam Rainer had a great post on a ministry leader's work balance a few weeks ago.
The answer to this is for a ministry leader to have a driven flexibility. Developing a mindset of driven flexibility allows a ministry leader to confront the daily challenges with the motivation and freedom necessary to be effective in their calling.
Driven - A ministry leader's work ethic
Flexibility - A ministry leader's attitude
Scott M. Douglas
A blog about leadership and the lasting legacy of family ministry.