Getting Ahead... How Do You Do It!?

One of the big challenges we’re facing lately is learning to work ahead. We put so much effort into each weekend that when a big project comes along that isn’t a weekend, we struggle.

This became really clear a couple of weeks ago during a special women’s event we did here called Romance. Angie said it like this:

Romance 20:10
For God so loved the woman, that He tortured the creative team…

Don’t get me wrong, the event came off great and everyone was pleased. The trouble was that this was one of the more stressful events we’ve done recently and honestly, it wasn’t very much fun for us (the people who put it together) to experience. We were on edge because we were working on it right up until the very last minute and we weren’t exactly sure that it was all going to connect or even work and that’s not a fun place to be in. We felt unsatisfied with what we had created because it was unfinished and untested. When the event was over we all said to each other, let’s not do that again!

BTW, If you haven’t seen our Romance event you can watch it here:

Now to be clear, I realize that these events aren’t all about us, and I also know that many challenges we face are stressful and that’s just part of life, but I also believe in being prepared and doing all that you can do to eliminate stressful situations because we do our best work when we’re relaxed and enjoying ourselves.

So how do you pull this off? How do you work toward HUGE events in the future (Christmas, Easter, Conferences, etc) and still put the desired emphasis into every weekend? That’s our big question right now.

Here are the solutions we’ve arrived at.

1) Hire a bunch of new people to work the weekend so we can concentrate on the future.
Hahaha yeah right. Let’s hear option #2.

2) Slightly pull back on the weekend and use volunteers and other contract laborers within the church to maintain the weekly status quo, while we work to get ahead.
So far this is our best idea. We figure that if we can take a slight step back we can shuffle some weekend projects to other people. If we don’t have to be as involved this will at least allow us to create a plan for Christmas and then conferences so that we can take a look at the work required to pull those events off at which point we’ll find a way to get it done.

One of the principles we live by around here is that God doesn’t always provide all the details, but He always provides a way, and if we’ll just trust Him enough to take that first step, then the next step will become clear. If you wait for all the details to come into focus before you make your move, you’ll be waiting forever. It’s a ready, shoot, aim, approach. So for us, solution #2 is a good first step. We’ll know how we’re gonna cross the Red Sea when we get there, and when we do, I’ll blog about it.

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Whitney George
Lead Pastor
Whitney George is the Executive Pastor at Church on the Move, where he oversees the operations and ministries of the church. Whitney is passionate about the local church and loves connecting with other church leaders. He and his wife, Heather, have five children and he loves Notre Dame football.
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