COMPETENCY

Manage the tension of ministry and personal life.

OBJECTIVE

Equip staff members with the vision and tools to create healthy practices to care for themselves and their family well as they balance the demands of personal life and ministry.

ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Assignment 1 // Read I Timothy 3:4-5 and answer questions below.

  • Assignment 2 // Watch “Jar of Life” video and answer questions below.

  • Assignment 3 // Watch John Maxwell’s video blog “Balance” and answer questions below.

  • Assignment 4 // Read “Balancing Ministry and Family” article by Jo Saxton and answer questions below.

ASSIGNMENT 1

I Timothy 3:4-5

“He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)”

QUESTIONS:

  1. What are your thoughts on this verse?

  2. Reflect on verse 5.

    ● How does God prioritize between ministry and family?

  3. Do you know people in ministry whose priorities between ministry and family are out of order? What is the impact on their relationships (friends, family, marriage, self)?

  4. Do you know people in ministry who are balancing the tension between ministry and family well? How are they doing this?

ASSIGNMENT 2

 

QUESTIONS:

  1. What is your current approach to ordering the rocks, pebbles and sand in your life? Is it working well?

  2. What things are most likely to distract you and cause you to focus on pebbles and sand before rocks?

ASSIGNMENT 3

John Maxwell’s “Balance” video blog

 

QUESTIONS

  1. What is your current season of life? What does your current season require of you to live well in (time, resources, energy, etc.)?

  2. What are your biggest challenges to living in your season?

ASSIGNMENT 4

Balancing Ministry and Family” article by Joe Saxton

QUESTIONS:

  1. Who makes up your village? Do you need to build or expand your village?

  2. Take a long, honest look at your family’s schedules - weekly, monthly and yearly - and answer these questions:

    • What healthy, predictable patterns do you see?

    • What patterns would you like to break?

    • What new patterns would you like to introduce, and what do you need to do to make these ideas reality?

LEADERSHIP TAKEAWAYS (to be completed during group discussion)