Collegiate Collective presents Paul Worcester‘s Do More with Less Time: 10 Time Management Keys for College Ministry.
Read Paul’s introduction to the book and find out how to get your own free copy today!
Time is your most valuable resource. As a college ministry leader, I have never felt like I’ve had enough of it. Seven years ago my wife and I started our ministry, Christian Challenge from scratch and by God’s grace we now have a growing team of staff and student leaders laboring on campus with us. Despite our growth, there has been a constant struggle to answer the question: “How can I use my time for what makes the greatest impact on campus?” This is certainly not a unique question, and it is one that has proven helpful to pursue an answer to.
However, we all know that life happens apart from the work. In addition to being a part of a growing ministry, I have encountered a unique set of challenges in shepherding my family. For around six years, due to complications from our first child, my wife has suffered with serious back problems. She is basically stuck in her chair at home 24/7, with the occasional trip to the pool, church, or somewhere that there is a good place for her to sit. She is physically incapable of watching our two children (ages 6 and 3) on her own.
God has used this time in our lives to humble us, test us, and shape our character. (James 1:2-4, Romans 5:3-5) In addition, God has used this situation to move me to be more intentional with how I leverage my time for what matters most. By God’s grace, we have been able to keep a healthy marriage, spend time investing in our children, and see a growing number of students meet Jesus, get plugged into a local church, and be developed into Kingdom leaders.
Yes, time is your most valuable resource—and it is also the resource with the clearest limitations on it. Time passes, whether we like it or not. In hopes of helping you leverage your time, I have discovered some key practices that you’ll be able to transfer into your ministry context. I also included a ton of links and suggested resources I hope you will take time to follow. I hope that these help you to make the most of your time, and my prayer for you is that you might ultimately be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
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