First Things First

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In a recent post, I shared a quote from Stephen Covey that I'd like to talk about a little more. Here's the quote: 

The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritize their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.
 
 Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

If Covey was right (he was), then when all of the members of a team or organization are crystal clear on the group's priorities, each person will be more effective and fulfilled in his/her work. The question for us is how should this knowledge effect your worship ministry?

We won't be able to consider every way in which arriving at and communicating priorities clearly could improve your worship ministry in this space, but I would like to offer a few questions that when answered will get you moving in the right direction.

  1. Why does this worship ministry exist?

  2. What activities contribute most to that reason for existence? Which activities contribute least to that reason for existence?

  3. What are the worship ministry's key result areas: the 5-7 things that absolutely have to be done in order to achieve your ministry goals?

  4. What is the most valuable use of your time?

  5. How will I order my week/month/year based on the answers to the previous questions? How will I lead other staff and volunteers based on the answers to the previous questions?

If you know the answers to those questions and then align your time, effort, volunteers, and financial resources behind the answers, I believe you will see an immediate improvement in productivity and effectiveness.

One other suggestion: the next time you become frustrated at a worship team member who just doesn't seem to "get it," would you try this? Instead of assuming that the individual is being difficult, why not let your first reaction be to ask yourself this question: Have I been crystal clear about the most important priorities of the worship ministry, and have I helped this individual to prioritize their participation around those priorities? No one is going to "get it" if you don't explain it.

Save yourself a lot of drama and difficulty. Communicate clearly which items are First Things First for your worship ministry.