Time management in ministry is an essential skill for everyone, whether you are the CEO of a major corporation or a stay at home parent. The most effective leaders will tell you that being intentional with your time will allow you to be more productive and keep balance in your life. Too many youth ministers unnecessarily wear themselves out and desperately need regular Sabbath in their weeks. This article is all about helping you develop a system to help you manage your time as you seek to balance work, school, and your personal Sabbath time. The system that we will focus on is called the rhythmic week.
Great time managers and the most productive people set boundaries. They determine what they are going to do, when they are going to do it, and they stick to it. A rhythmic week system will help you set boundaries for each area of your life. A rhythmic week will help you pace yourself and accomplish the many tasks ahead without feeling as if you have just entered a marathon without even running a mile.
The first step to developing a rhythmic week is to determine your weekly schedule. Your rhythmic week should include everything you need to get done during a REGULAR week, otherwise… it won’t get done. So make a list of everything you must do and WANT to do in a regular week: office hours, staff meetings, youth group, Bible study, church time, down time, study time, hang time with youth, hang with family, and any extracurricular stuff that you have going on.
You will learn to work in blocks of time. Many jobs have time management challenges, but ministry jobs are near the top of jobs that have irregular work flows. We recommend breaking your day into three four-hour blocks of time (morning, afternoon, and evening). Each block of time will be dedicated to a specific task area. We recommend color coding your rhythmic week so that you can better visualize how your time will be used.
-Green for work
-Red for personal and Sabbath time
-Blue for personal growth and study
-Yellow for flexible work time (filled with meetings, school activities, or whatever else needs to be done).
We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full. Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.
We’ve created a Pandemic Youth Week curriculum bundle that combines elements of both a summer camp and a youth week. Many youth are missing out on both of these due to cancelled camps and trips among other cancelled important events your youth would usually attend. We’ve written this curriculum such that it can be used in person while socially distancing, online, or some combination of both.
Despite all the challenges the pandemic has presented to youth ministries, it has also created an opportunity to allow youth more involvement in worship. Although youth sunday will look very different this year, it is a great opportunity to empower our youth to be leaders. Youth’s comfort and familiarity with technology make them a great resource for churches who are seeking to move their worship services online for the first time.