In this episode of The Productive Pastor we talk about having a proactive vs. reactive strategy for ministry. One of the dangers of a non-strategic approach to ministry is simply spending all day reacting to emergencies, facilities, office issues and a multiplicity of other things (much less the actual work of ministry, which is about response).
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Proactive vs. Reactive Ministry
Beginning to plan ministry in a proactive way is all about a mind shift. We individually decide to lead and pastor from a proactive point of view. We don’t do this to get out of reactive situation, but to allow ourselves the absolute amount of margin we need for when we DO need to react to emergency situations. This point of view is the biggest difference (I feel) between healthy, vital ministries and struggling and declining churches. If you feel you can necessarily lead others proactively right now, begin leading yourself proactively.
I constantly ask myself if I am leading from a proactive or a reactive position. Understanding this proactive vs. reactive shift is tremendously important and one of the key tasks I am always checking myself for.
What does this change?
- simply waiting for ministry to happen
- always running ragged
- not having the ability to think ahead
What do we learn?
- We learn to prioritize
- We learn to build a schedule
How to we begin a proactive ministry
- We make the decision
- We begin the process of goal scheduling
- We schedule time for forward momentum
I hope this episode has been helpful. Make sure to interact on social at @revchadbrooks and use the hashtag #productivepastor.