What’s The Most Important Part Of Your Job?

I’m not sure if I’m subconsciously trying to be a Jack of all trades or just a really busy guy.  This week I have to write a message, meet with my team, set-up small groups, send an email out to parents and do a million other things.  It’s crazy and I know I’m not alone.  The way that I get through my craziness is by knowing the few things that I do best and delegate the rest (ha that rhymed!).  I know as the Director of Student Ministry at my church I must:

  1. Create Systems And Programs
  2. Recruit, and Develop Ministers
  3. Partner With Parents
  4. Mentor Teenagers
  5. Cast Vision And Mission

If you can’t sit down and lay out the 3-5 most important tasks in your day, it means you are disorganized.  If you don’t know what it is you need to do on a consistent basis to be successful, it means you are unfocused.  To discover those 3-5 responsibilities you need to ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What Am I Best At Doing? (Not Good, Best)
  2. Where Can I Replace Myself? (Delegate)
  3. Where Am I Irreplaceable? (Your Specific Purpose)

Again, there are other smaller (or not so small) tasks that we need to attend to; however, on a consistent basis this what do you need to do to be successful in this industry?  These five are mine, and maybe they are yours, but out of all them, which do you think is the most important?  Maybe it’s not one of these five maybe there is something more important not on the list.  But as youth ministers if there was only one thing you could do what would it be?

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  • Tanya says:

    These sort of questions have been shaping my ministry vision – instead of throwing myself into the endless list of tasks to be done, I’m trying to think about what I want to achieve in the long run. What can I do that no one else will? What am I doing that I could train someone else to do? Sometimes we can get so self-important we think we have to do everything. Or the other end of the scale – that to pull our weight we have to fill every minute with busy-ness. Neither is healthy. Something that I’ve come to realise is that many things I enjoy are not essential – there are others who can do it. I’m trying to inspire others and get them involved so I feel less pressure – that I leave space for the less urgent but very important things that are mine, personally, to work on.

  • Tanya,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. The way I am able to pass things on is by having open and honest conversations with people about where I am weak and need others to step in. I always advise others to take the risk and delegate to those who they think will thrive, not just to those they trust. It’s hard to believe but there are some people out there that love doing some of the things we hate.