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3 Signs You Have to Slow It Down

There are busy seasons and then there are seasons in which we make ourselves busy.  Your typical busy seasons in youth ministry are:


During those seasons everyone is busy, everyone is moving and so keeping up with the pace is natural.  Then there are the seasons in which we make ourselves busy.  Those can vary depending on your ministry and your personality; however, if you don’t slow down you’ll face disaster.  So how do you know when you are making yourselves unnecessarily busy?

Basic Mistakes Are Made

Things that shouldn’t go wrong go wrong.  Maybe it’s forgetting to call someone back or sending an email to the wrong person.  When you rushed there is no time to get feedback, and review materials.  And, that’s because it’s hard to focus when you are moving too fast.

Piles Form

Being busy means consuming your entire margin.  When your margin disappears you sacrifice the time it takes to go through email, and process paperwork.  When piles begin to form, your sense of order disappears and with no order there is only chaos.

Relationships Become Tense

Healthy relationships become tense and tense relationships become confrontational.  If you are moving too fast you aren’t going to take the time to process everything you say or do.  Your words might say one thing; however, your tone another.  When we move quickly we focus on ourselves, which could affect others.  Relationships take time.

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Chris graduated from Xavier University in 2003 with a BA in Communications: Electronic Media. He moved to Baltimore in the fall of 2003 where he served as a Jesuit Volunteer for a year. During that time, he was a Case Manager at Chase Brexton, met his wife Kate and felt God's calling to Student Ministry. In the summer of 2004, he was hired by the Roman Catholic Parish Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland as a Middle School Youth Minister. Today he oversees grades 5-12 as the Director of Student Ministry.