There are busy seasons and then there are seasons in which we make ourselves busy. Your typical busy seasons in youth ministry are:
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During those seasons everyone is busy, everyone is moving and so keeping up with the pace is natural. Then there are the seasons in which we make ourselves busy. Those can vary depending on your ministry and your personality; however, if you don’t slow down you’ll face disaster. So how do you know when you are making yourselves unnecessarily busy?
Basic Mistakes Are Made: Things that shouldn’t go wrong go wrong. Maybe it’s forgetting to call someone back or sending an email to the wrong person. When you rushed there is no time to get feedback, and review materials. And, that’s because it’s hard to focus when you are moving too fast.
Piles Form: Being busy means consuming your entire margin. When your margin disappears you sacrifice the time it takes to go through email, and process paperwork. When piles begin to form, your sense of order disappears and with no order there is only chaos.
Relationships Become Tense – Healthy relationships become tense and tense relationships become confrontational. If you are moving too fast you aren’t going to take the time to process everything you say or do. Your words might say one thing; however, your tone another. When we move quickly we focus on ourselves, which could affect others. Relationships take time.
Your Physically Wasted – Busy seasons have an end point, when you make yourself busy the end isn’t as tangible. This can lead to over exhaustion and when you are tired you cannot be productive.
If you notice that life has picked up pace and you don’t know why it’s probably due to a lack of discipline and accountability. When tension strikes and the unexpected happens you need to have people and systems that will hold you accountable.
If you aren’t going through a busy period now, take time to prepare for them by gathering a group of individuals who will hold you accountable. If you are in the midst of chaos find someone you trust and pray with them. Have the people you love and trust work with you to build margin and a schedule that will get you through these busy periods. In the end you will prevail.
What are the other consequences of moving too fast? What are some of the reasons behind it?
Chris Wesley is the Director of Student Ministry at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, MD. You can read more great youth ministry articles and thoughts on his exceptional blog Marathon Youth Ministry.