As I like to say, all our planning is done in pencil. It sounds great, but it is wearying.
This is no surprise: I am a huge fan of Michael Hyatt’s products. They’ve become central to how I organise myself as a pastor. They are undeniably expensive here in the UK (especially when import duties apply as well as shipping), but the planners themselves justify it, I think. At least, I am still using
I’ve updated my review of Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner, as it’s now in its third edition. Summary: It’s even better, and nothing else comes close. Here
When I started out in ministry, running full-pelt, I didn’t a weekly review because I thought it was a luxury. Fill the diary, keep your eyes on the road ahead, drive fast and hard. But it’s the old effectiveness/busyness issue, isn’t it?
I’m sure I’m not the only pastor who dreads Annual Meetings. I’ve seen them hijacked by silly side issues, falling apart in blazing rows, or just quietly managing decline.
That awful white piece of paper is terrifying. No-one has an idea, no-one wants to go first, and if you’re not careful all you’ll do is write up on the board, one hour later, ‘Try (a different course).’