Communications

Take Back Control of Your Ministry Calendar

Is Your ministry calendar full of meetings, or do you have time available for completing tasks and planning? Here are 5 tips for taking back control.


Deborah Ike  ·  August 24, 2017

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What does your calendar look like? 

Is it full of meetings or do you have time available for completing tasks and planning? 

If you’re stuck in meetings all day, every day, it’s time to consider whether those meetings are productive and if you need to attend each.

While you probably can’t clear out your calendar tomorrow, here are a few tips to create more breathing room in your schedule.

Tip #1: Don’t attend (or lead) a meeting without an agenda

If a team member requests your participation at a meeting, ask for an agenda to understand the purpose of the meeting and whether you should attend. 

By asking for an agenda, you’re encouraging others to consider who needs to participate in each meeting, what topics should be discussed, and what decisions need to be made.

Tip #2: Every meeting should result in action

Many meetings are discussions or brainstorming sessions, but even those require follow-up.  Designate someone at each meeting to take notes and record action items. 

This person should email the notes and action items to those in the meeting within one business day and follow-up with each person assigned a task to ensure the tasks are completed by the agreed upon deadlines. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deborah Ike
Deborah Ike (formerly Wipf) is the President & Founder of Velocity Ministry Management; a company dedicated to vision implementation for church leaders. Over the last ten years, Deborah worked in the corporate arena to discover how to leverage business principles for ministry vision. She worked for Deloitte Consulting in their Strategy & Operations group and most recently, for Williams, as a project manager and risk manager. Deborah has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems along with the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute. She’s the author of The Volunteer Management Toolkit (Church Edition) and you can find her articles on sites such as Pastors.com, XPastor.org, WorshipFacilities.com, and via The Church Network.
Contact Deborah Ike: deborah@velocityministrymanagement.com ·  View More by Deborah Ike


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