Everyone likes to be ahead. When you are ahead you feel more in control, you feel like you are at a manageable pace and life is good. To fall behind can happen for a number of reasons. If you are tired, confused or, overwhelmed it’s easy to let the work pile up. In youth ministry, falling behind is constantly checking emails, always responding to phone calls, putting together projects last minute, not knowing what you are going to talk about tonight, etc.
The reason you are falling behind is because you’ve learned to be reactive instead of proactive in your ministry. To become proactive one must be intentional or else you let life happen and you are playing catch up. If you spend the majority of your time trying to keep up then you’ll miss the important aspects of ministry, like building relationships. So, you want to get ahead; however, to get there you need to know what reactive ministry looks like compared to proactive.