The most important thing church leaders can do during the holiday season

Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for every church leader. There’s one really important thing that often gets sacrificed throughout the year, but especially now: margin! I can tell you from my own experience that you can’t sacrifice margin if you want to grow and develop into the kind of leader God wants you to become. It’s absolutely essential to find it!

I’m not suggesting that you skip out on church events for the last two weeks of the year. But I am saying that you should intentionally carve out some time to be still, relax, and disconnect from your devices.

What gets scheduled gets done!

Why is it so important for you to find margin at some point over the holidays?

  1. Avoid burnout. Almost everyone in ministry is only a few wrong turns from burnout. God designed us to rest and recharge once a week. He didn’t design us to go, go, go, without slowing down.
  2. Find your creativity. It’s important to have time to just think. This is a great way to find new ideas for your ministry.
  3. Reconnect with people who need you. Margin gives us the chance to intentionally invest in some of the relationships we might have neglected during the busy times, whether that’s immediate family, extended family, friends, or neighbors.

I want to challenge you to spend an hour or two per day blocked off as ‘margin’ space and applying some of the ideas I’ve shared here. I want to encourage you to be intentional about planning margin into your calendar as you look forward into 2016. What gets scheduled gets done. So block off time for margin. Your ministry, your family, and your health are worth it.

Do you protect your margin time already? What strategies do you have in place to do that?

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Posted by Steve Caton on December 23, 2015