This week, despite substantial planning, the staff here has been reeling a bit from the wave of fall start-up programming combined with conversations looking towards Advent and Christmas. There is a lot to be excited about (Children's Choir sounded great!), but there are also some things that we just have to suck it up and get through (didn't we just do Officer Training last year?).
So for today's Friday 5 I thought we'd hit on the things that give us energy in ministry and the things that take it away:
1) What are a few of the tasks that you find tedious/energy sucking in your ministry position? Please note I said 'tasks' not people :)
Well I'm the one who wrote up this Friday Five so I will own up to the Officer Training piece. It begins in March when I realize that despite the fact that we have just gotten all of our officers trained, examined, ordained and installed... now the process starts all over again. Another challenge for me is administrative minutiae. My Myers-Briggs 'J' gets very worn out if I have to spend too much time with the drivel of papers in, papers out.
2) Is there anything you could do to make one of them better?
Officer Training just is what it is. I guess I could hand off some more of the responsibilities for it to the staff around me. As for the minutiae I've adapted the 20/5 method of getting stuff done using timers. I work for 20 and then a 5 minute break (no cheating allowed during the 20).
3) What are a few of the tasks that you find energizing in ministry?
Preaching and leading worship - even though on Saturday afternoon I might not agree with that statement. I have found that the Officer Training is paying off and so our Session (board) meetings are actually energy givers as well. And as much as it ADDS stuff to do, I LOVE working with a staff.
4) If given a quarterly spiritual day, how would you want to spend it?
We do get quarterly spiritual days and on paper I spend it sleeping in and then taking the dogs on a hike.
5) If given a quarterly spiritual day, how would you actually spend it?
In reality I take my kid to school, run a few errands, meet a friend for something and then hang out with The Boy.
BONUS: What would your Dream Ministry job include?
Well, I made the sign that is on this post so we'll just go ahead with Pastor of Ice Cream Tasting and Continuing Education Cruise Taking.
How about you?