What Matters!

For me, one of the hardest things to learn in the enormous demands of ministry was separating the important from the unimportant, what matters from what really does not, that which makes a difference from that which won’t.
The only way to even begin to do this is to have a clear vision and direction for the church and a clear vision and direction for my own ministry and calling. Without it I was, and we all are at the mercy of the urgent, the demanding, the constant requests, etc.; expectations that pile up in ministry to the point of often scuttling the very call that Christ has on His church and on our ministry. 
I would ask myself questions:
  • Will this bring anyone to Christ?
  • Will this honor God?
  • Will this help make a disciple?
  • Will this grow the Church?
  • Will this reach the least, the last, and the lost?
  • Is this something Jesus said to do?
  • Is this something love demands?
  • And I would add, does this really have to be done. Sometimes things that seem unimportant just have to be done, like fixing a roof, keeping the grass mowed, fixing budget issues, etc.   Keeping these things rolling allowed me to focus more clearly on what mattered. 
Effective leadership demands a day-by-day effort to separate that which is important from that which is not, deciding between what matters from what doesn’t, that which makes a difference and that which won’t.
Jesus was the master at this.  He knew how to live by what matters.
Rev. Mike Ramsdell, Executive Director
Center for Evangelism, Mission & Church Growth