As we close out our fiscal year and get ready for a new ministry year, it’s time for our year-end reviews at St. Andrew’s and as I review the goals I wrote at the same time last year, I wince. I didn’t accomplish as much as I set out to accomplish. I won’t make excuses but offer these two simple explanations.
As part of the support team at St. Andrew’s, I have a ministry and at its core is to work behind the scenes to support the ministry of others. I don’t drive the bus here; I reconfigure the inside of the bus and clean it up for others to use. So, on the best days, I’m working alongside ministry leaders to plan the upcoming weeks but sometimes I have to react quickly to what has been placed in front of me. As a result, projects and goals are delayed and set aside.
I get distracted. I wrote those goals down but I didn’t refer to them over the last year. I spent time praying about the direction I needed to move so I didn’t pluck them out thin air. One of the goals was to blog regularly and to be a resource for others. This is the first time I’ve written a post in a year. Ouch.
I read a very good post by Phil Cooke about doing nothing. He offered four questions to ask at the beginning of every week before you do anything else.
- Am I closer to my goals right now than I was a year ago?
- What’s my greatest passion?
- Do I need to change perspective?
- What are my priorities?
One of the things he enourages you to do is to look at your resources, your qualifications, your strengths and weaknesses. These is a variation of the classic SWOT analysis – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats.
Each Sunday afternoon, I spend time editing and uploading the weekly sermon on the website. While the video is rendering and uploading is the perfect time to put pen to paper and think about the week ahead. Once a month, I stay late on Sunday in order to be at the 6 pm service. That will be the time I’ll set aside to do a once each month look at resources, qualifications, strengths, and weaknesses.