Friday, December 31, 2010

"I forgot that College Ministry is a lot like juggling!"

That is one of my favorite quotes from a friend who had done college ministry, served briefly in a church and then came back to college ministry (the HIGH calling).  Multi-tasking is a must in college ministry.  The king of multi-tasking is Steve Masters, BCM Director at LSU.  Steve is famous for his ability to do many things at one time while eating a snickers and drinking a Mt Dew.  It is part of the secret of his great and on-going success.

So, how do you do it?  it is more than being on a conference call and reading your email at the same time.  It is continually dealing with the past, present and future of your ministry.  Here are 4 thoughts or suggestions to improve your "juggling".
1.  Schedule time for thinking.  Don't let the urgent control you!
2.  Make sure your planned schedule respresents your variety of tasks.  Plan for all parts of your job.
3.  Look for tasks you can START and then turn over to others for completion.  One question to ask, "What am I doing that AI could or ought to be handing off to others?"
4.  Never, Ever decide you are too big, too busy or too important to do certain things!  You may not need to do them all the time or let them fill your day....but when you get too important for some things, you are probably too your own mind!

1 comment:

  1. Arliss, In 1970-71, I was the campus minister for the Church of Christ at Henderson State College. I loved you so much. I am at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas now. I'm glad I found you, Jerry Klein