That’s the question I kept asking myself last Sunday during the morning service.
A few months ago God led me to start meeting with Churches outside of my general area, and last week accomplished that . Yet I couldn’t get rid of the feeling the Lord wasn’t honored wtih those trips.
It took a while for me to realize what the problem was…my heart was focused on being busy instead of being effective.
Out of the Churches visited last week, I was able to meet with two pastors . So lots of information was given out, but few visits achieved the goal of personally sharing my burden for Australia
These inneffective trips are of course my own fault
- For not scheduling specific times to meet with the Pastors when I knew they would be there
- Calling that day to remind them I was coming
- Asking if it would be possible to meet with the pastor that day 
- Or scheduling a meeting with them that fit better into their schedule a few weeks later
My mind was so excited about visiting twenty Chuches last week (being busy in ministry) it overlooked the importance of effectiveness (actually meeting with Pastors).
Sadly our culture, and fast-paced life places an emphasis on just being busy
Changing this emphasis means creating a mindset that embraces effectiveness instead of just busyness.
For me that means:
- Only visiting three Churches a day (four max)
- Communicate often about the day I am coming, and when I will be there
- Call the office to see if the Pastor will actually be in the ofice
- Call and email that morning before leaving
This style of communication can becoming annoying over time (over-communicating) but it ensures my time or energy is used effectively.
So what does effectiveness look like?
This morning I met with two pastors, and scheduled a lunch meeting with another on Tuesday…and it only took 45 miles .
Yesterday two Pastors I was going to visit contacted me to say they won’t be there this week, and I scheduled them for October.
Yes this means more time at home and less time on the road, but I’m grateful for the reminder that ministry done effectively beats just being busy every day of the week.