This post is part 2 in the Efficient Minister Series. Check out Part 1 as it features an overview on why time matters particiularly for ministry leaders.


Some say ‘meetings are a necessary evil.’ While I cannot speak to the totality of that statement, most meetings I attend are not necessary. Communication is necessary, but everything accomplished in a meeting can be done another way: Staff Bonding can take place via a weekly staff luncheon,
Updates on Ministry can be accomplished via an emailed weekly report,
and planning of events can take place via sub-committees and monthly reports.

Now this does not mean that meetings are bad, but it’s rare to be a part of a well-run meeting. If you attend well run meetings, be sure to thank those responsible for these meetings as leading a meeting is more of an art than a science. I speak as someone who has poorly led plenty of meetings.

Tips on Meetings You Attend

[tweetthis]”Could this meeting have been an email?” We’ve all thought it. #tuesday[/tweetthis]

Tips on Leading Meetings


Let’s move on to emails. First, if you have work email on your phone, get rid of it. They say that those who have work email on their phone can work up to an extra 15 hours a week. It’s insane. You are not that important and the emails are not that important. Connect with your family when you are away. This can only be done if there is some disconnect.

[tweetthis]Overwhelmed from your work email? Want your sanity back? Here are our tips.[/tweetthis]

Emails typically contact a request, demand or need. That request, demand or need is put on you to fulfill or offer advice on. Nevertheless, email puts other people’s priorities on your computer screen. So here are some helpful tips so that you can keep those things that are most important at the top of your task list.

Please share this post with another ministry leader who would benefit from having a bit more margin in their ministry life. Comment below or on social media with your best time saving tip or what you would like to see next in the Efficient Ministry series.

One Response

  1. Hi Chris
    I attended your session at the Dallas Ministry Conference on The Efficient Minister. It was very good. I appreciated all the practical suggestions. I was trying to get the notes from the workshop via the text option you mentioned, but it didn’t work out. However, found this blog and think it is just what I was looking for.

    Thanks again!