Stewardship of Self for Christian Workers

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					                                                    themselves besieged by people with problems.          Take advantage of unexpected                      Have a particular place you keep things
   Stewardship of Self for                          If these Christian workers are not able to take        opportunities. When an appointment is              (like keys, books, folders) that you will
   Cross-Cultural Workers:                          control of their time, they will soon find             cancelled, do something else that needs to         need to take with you when you leave so
                                                    themselves burning out, thus being of little use       be done.                                           that you do not have to spend time
   Time Management in a                             for the work of the kingdom of God.                   Do nothing. Just sit with the project for          looking for them when you are ready to
   Time-Oriented Culture                                     Following is a collection of time             fifteen minutes and look at it. That may           walk out of the house.
                                                    management tips grouped into several                   motivate you to get going or allow a plan
                                                    categories.                                            to begin to develop in your mind.              Keep Going (interruptions)
         Since the time of Jesus, those who
work for him have found themselves very                                                                   Change nothing. You have survived so
busy and have needed to manage their time.          Get Started (procrastination)                          far with your procrastination, and starting              Once you have started, you may find
As revealed in the book of Mark, Jesus                                                                     at the last minute may just be your style if   it difficult to keep going because of
himself seemed to be in control of his time. In              People have different reasons for their       you consistently finish on time in the end.    interruptions. The following tips often work
the dark of early morning after a busy evening      procrastination, so different strategies may be       Decide beforehand how well the task            in a time-oriented culture.
Jesus rose early, left the house and went off by    needed to counteract these different causes.           needs to be done. For some people               Publish and/or post your open-door office
himself to pray. When his disciples found           For example, a person who procrastinates               cleaning the cabin means sweeping the               hours; then keep them faithfully. People
him and told him that everyone was looking          because of feeling overwhelmed would need a            floor. For others it means sweeping and             will learn to respect them if they can
for him, he said, “Let’s go somewhere else…”        different strategy from one who does so                mopping the floor. For still others it              reliably find you there for open-door time.
(Mark 1:35-38). He said no to some people to        because of getting a “rush” from hurrying              means removing the cobwebs from the             Use “DO NOT DISTURB” signs, and
make time for others.                               around just to get the job done on time. A             crawl space beneath the floor as well.              even lock your door. People expect you
         Later the crowds surrounded Jesus          person who procrastinates because of                  Work with a partner, a non-                         to be involved in counseling and other
and his disciples and kept them so busy that        perfectionistic tendencies would need a                procrastinating one. Give that partner              situations where you should not be
they were not even able to eat. When Jesus’         different strategy from one who does so to             permission to prod you on without your              interrupted.
family heard about the tremendous time              avoid responsibility. The following strategies         resenting it. Let their strength compensate     Group interruptions. If someone is
pressure on him, they came to take charge, but      may help you get started.                              for your weakness.                                  coming to fix your telephone, try to
they could not reach him either, so they sent        Break a seemingly impossible large task                                                                  schedule the copier repair and the plumber
someone in to call him out. That time he                into smaller sections. Then plan and           Get There (out of the house on time)                    at the same time.
stayed where he was teaching even when they             schedule times to tackle these more                                                                Go to a different place where you are
told him that his family was there for him              manageable sections.                                    Some people get started on the task            unavailable because no one knows where
(Mark 3:29-33). He did not stop teaching just        Start with the most difficult part first if      but have difficulty getting where they are              to find you. Jesus frequently went off by
because his family came.                                you are the kind of the person who likes to    going. The following strategies may help you            himself or with his disciples.
         Still later after his disciples had been       get the worst out of the way first.            get out of the house on time.                       Use e-mail to conduct routine “business,”
called, instructed, commissioned, sent out on        Start with the easiest part first if you are      Prepare ahead of time. At the latest be               and turn off the announcement on your
an evangelistic crusade, and returned, there            the kind of person who needs the reward            ready the night before.                             computer that says, “You have mail.”
were so many people around that they again              of completing some part to encourage you        Make a list of the things you need to do,         Have a professional evaluate you for
did not have time to eat. Again Jesus asked             to go on to the next step.                         including a realistic time estimate for each        ADD/ADHD if interruptions distract you
them to come to a quiet place with him and           Reward yourself each time you complete               task that needs to be done. Then add up             more than they seem to distract others.
get some rest. They went away by themselves             a part of the task, no matter how small.           all the times to make sure you leave            Have an agenda for every meeting, and
in a boat to a solitary place (Mark 6:7-32).         Go on to another part of the task when               enough to complete the task.                        direct interruptions to the “new business”
All these examples demonstrate that Jesus               you get stuck on one part. Come back to         Set an alarm for 10-15 minutes before you             section of the meeting.
took control of his time.                               complete the one you were stuck on after           have to leave to give you warning to do         Although it may seem artificial at first,
         To this day cross-cultural workers,            you have had some time to think it over.           last minute things.                                 conduct your meetings using Robert’s
pastors, and other Christian workers find
    Rules of Order so that you can deflect             Purchase a phone with portable                     responsibilities to others (Exodus 18).
    interruptions without people taking it              headphones so that you have both hands             Jesus sent his disciples out to preach and        Stewardship of
    personally.                                         free to do other things while talking on the       heal (Mark 6, Luke 9). The Twelve
                                                        phone.                                             delegated responsibility to seven more            Self for Cross-
Keep Going (telephone calls)                           Remove your phone from the jack or turn            (Acts 6).
                                                        off the ringer if you do not want to be
                                                                                                          Always carry something with you to do.
                                                                                                           You may get caught in traffic; someone
                                                                                                                                                          Cultural Workers:
         Although the telephone can be a time
saver, it can also be an interrupter as well.
These tips can minimize those interruptions.        Use a Timer (or clock)
                                                                                                           may be delayed for an appointment with
                                                                                                           you, and so forth.
                                                                                                                                                         Time Management
 Have someone else answer the phone for
    you.                                                     In a time-oriented society, we must
                                                                                                           Ask people to pray for you related to your
                                                                                                           use of time.
                                                                                                                                                         in a Time-Oriented
 Use the phone to call ahead to make sure                                                             
    others are expecting you for
                                                    certainly talk about using our time technology.
                                                     Have a clock in every room so that
                                                                                                           Have an accountability partner hold you
                                                                                                           responsible for your use of time.                   Culture
    appointments.                                       everyone can potentially be aware of the          Get help from someone who is naturally
 Use answering machines.                               time.                                              gifted at planning and organizing.                 Ron Koteskey & Marty Seitz
     Leave messages for others on their             Set an alarm for the end of the estimated           Learn how to multitask; do several things
         answering machines.                            time for completing a task. It will remind         at once.
     Use your answering machine to                     you that you are taking longer than               Save time by organizing things other than
         screen your calls before answering.            expected.                                          time.
     Get an answering machine that allows           Set the alarm, and play “beat the clock” to           Develop an organizational system for
         people to leave long messages if they          see if you can get the task done before the             paper (mail, books, files, etc.).
         want to get a message across to you            alarm goes off.                                     Order your financial records and
         without calling back. (This may be          Set multiple alarms of a watch timer at                   budget.
         problem for youth pastors whose                15-minute (or other times) intervals so             Organize your physical space so you              Visit the following web site for more
         middle schoolers delight in playing            that you will be reminded continually of                do not waste time looking for things.             brochures in the series:
         tapes to them over the phone—and               the passage of time.                                                                        
         they have to listen to the whole tape to    Set the alarm to signal that it is time to                Good stewardship of time involves
         make sure there are not other                  move on to the next task.                      budgeting time, just as you would money.                       Ronald Koteskey
         important messages.)                                                                          Just as there is never as much money as you                    122 Lowry Lane
 Establish a “telephone time,” like you            Leave (when you are done)                          wish you had for your priorities, there will                 Wilmore, KY 40390
    have “office hours,” when you will be                                                              never be enough time to spend on all your                   Phone: (859) 858-3436
    available to talk on the phone.                            When you have completed your task,      priorities. Therefore, you have to decide how       e-mail:
 When you answer the phone say, “I only            it is all right to leave. Remember that Jesus      much total time you have available and what
    have ____ minutes to talk.”                     himself at times said “goodbye” and left. He       percent of it you will spend on each priority.            New Hope International
 When the conversation has gone about as           got away by himself and spent time alone with               For example, as you would make a list
    far as it needs to, say, “Before I hang         the Father.                                        of expenses to budget your money, it may be
    up…”                                                                                               helpful to make a list of items for your time
                                                                                                       budget and assign a percent of your available      This brochure may be reproduced without
 Set a timer to go off so that the person on       Miscellaneous tips                                                                                  change and in its entirety for non-commercial
    the other end can hear it and say, “I’ve got                                                       time to each. You may decide what percent of
                                                                                                       your time each day or week you can routinely             purposes without permission.
    to go.”                                            Delegate tasks to others. Jethro urged         devote to prayer, study, exercise, maintaining
                                                        Moses to delegate some of his                  relationships, household chores, etc.

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