Just this week, my team and I sat down for an hour to review and evaluate the past six months of ministry. We had two tasks for the one hour meeting: review all the things we have done; re-prioritize our efforts.
As I was preparing for this meeting, I went through every month of my calendar from July to December and started writing down all the things we accomplished and the events we put on. The list was awesome! I printed out the list and gave it to my team. It’s amazing when we actually write these things down and look at it on paper. I think we were all shocked. We did all this??? In six months???
I looked at the team and shared with them how proud I am for all the great things we accomplished in the past six months. I shared that we did a lot, and if we felt tired, there was a good reason. I also went through the list and highlighted the things that were new projects that we had never done before. One of my team members commented that seeing our list of accomplishments on paper was very affirming. It certainly was for me. That was powerful!
For the second part of our meeting, we took our priorities that I wrote about in a previous blog entry and talked through them with the team. The conclusion was that the list that we came up with for our priorities for the next six months (and beyond) was right on target. I felt a need to take a good look at our priorities because we all felt that we were letting certain programs and events distract us from the most important aspects of our ministry. We affirmed our priorities and promised to post them on our bulletin boards so that we could stay focused on them through out 2012.
The things I learned from this process:
- Always do a quick six-month review of our work and ministry. One hour is a perfect amount of time.
- Right down on paper all the things we accomplished over the past six months. It is truly affirming.
- Re-prioritize every once and awhile to stay focused on what’s most important. It’s a constant battle.
- Write down and post our priorities somewhere we can always see them.
Tomorrow, I’ll share how we specifically worked on our priorities and the insights that came from the process.