How a Leader Can Help His Team Balance Ministry and Life

Serving in ministry is unlike any other vocation. The demands that exist pull on our emotions, our spirit, our energy and our time. Unfortunately, it has been said that being in full time ministry can be one of the most damaging assaults on your personal walk with Christ. The damage usually follows when we are not intentional about balancing the demands of ministry with the realities of our ability to engage ministry at a healthy capacity.

As a ministry team discuss the following:

  • Think about your life in it’s entirety. What are the various roles that you are required to play. (example – husband, son, minister, father, etc.)
  • Of those roles, which ones require energy and time from you every month? How about every week? How about every day?
  • If the capacity of energy that you have is 100% for a 24 hour period. Then what percentage is currently being spent by you on each of the necessary roles you play each week? (In most cases you will find it difficult to slice up your life in these terms. Really think about where you are currently spending your personal energy and life resources.)
  • What percentage would you prefer to allocate to each area determined by your values, priorities and dreams?
  • What roles in your life deserve more energy from you to line up with God’s will for you and your family?
  • What roles are draining more energy from you than they should?
  • What could you do to remove or remedy the areas of your life that are a consistent drain and weight?
How can you keep this conversation going within your team as part of creating a healthy ministry culture?

It won’t take long for a person who is off balance to inevitably fall over. As a team it is a shared responsibility to monitor and nurture the health of not only yourself, but your team members. Agree as a team to help each other stay in balance and still be effective and healthy for the ministry.

What will you do differently going forward to do a better job balancing ministry and life?


About Ken McGarity

With vast experience as a successful entrepreneur and active in ministry leadership for many years, Ken McGarity is most recently engaged as a Church Growth Consultant and Strategist, as well as Christian Leadership Coach to today’s up and coming Christian leaders.

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