Our team is meeting next Tuesday after staff meeting to put together our calendar for 2012.
It’s still September, it seems crazy to be planning that far in advance but, hey we may be crazy.
This is what I know about Church life: it’s crazy busy. To complicate things more, every other part of life is busy as well.
If we don’t take time to plan our calendar to ensure that the various ministries of the church won’t be competing and struggling for time, then we will only add frustration to our leaders, the people who serve at these various events, and the people who would love to go to events but are unable to do so because they can’t decide, or they just participated in 4 events and now they are totally burned out.
I have learned that the church needs to be willing to protect our members’ time. Church people are willing to sacrifice their evenings, and their free time to come and help the church. Which is awesome. And they do this because they agree with the mission and the vision of the church. I love this. But if I don’t think about their calendar then I will burn them out.
Last night Kathy and I had an important conversation about our calendar over the next few weeks. We are busy people. If Kathy and I are busy right now, I can only imagine the other families who are much busier. By planning 2012 in September 2011 we are trying to ensure that we are not over committing our leaders and volunteers, because more important than attendance at our events is that we are are helping people discover, trust and love Jesus Christ. We need to make sure that our calendar doesn’t get in the way of that.