I can’t stand something not being done with excellence. Whether it be a t-shirt design, advertisement, an event, or a church service. I hate sloppy stuff. It shows that someone didn’t care enough to put the right amount of time into the project or they cared too late in the game.
In the church world Sunday is always coming and time doesn’t seem to be slowing down for any of us to accomplish more during the week. If you are stuck in a week to week schedule (only setting sights on this coming Sunday) then you will miss the greatest potential for your leadership and your ministry. Being a church or ministry that is prepared for it’s future will determine not only how successful this coming Sunday is, but how you actually spend your time to prepare for this coming Sunday.
I sometimes fool myself to thinking I work harder or smarter under pressure. Fast approaching deadlines seem to light a fire underneath me. When I kick into hyper-speed or try to accomplish too much in a small window I can be laser focused on my big project but small details can be missed. Sure, we can accomplish the task at hand on time and say it’s done, but is it finished with excellence?
Allow extra time to complete the project. You are bound to produce a better product.
Here are a few personal examples:
- My team starts planning for our upcoming Winter Camp 5 months out.
- We begin discussing sites and doing pre-trips for mission trips 5 months out.
- I try to line up guest speakers for Sundays 1 month out.
- I have had multiple series and small group questions set for every Sunday 6 months ahead.
- Ideally, I have my message done one week before and already looking ahead to the next one.
- Set monthly reminders on my phone for what I should be thinking about for the next month.
Work ahead, it pays off. If you are behind, what can you stop doing and start preparing for now?