Boundaries for Part-Time Ministry

9 steps to set healthy limits
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7. Create Margin

As you’re planning for each week, be sure to leave margin in your schedule for things that come up. No week will ever go as planned, so expect the unexpected. Leave some open time in your schedule, or mark it as busy and write “margin” or “jobs from the Holy Spirit.” Chances are, you will always find something to fill that time.

8. Work Hard

Now that you know how to spend your time, work hard at it. And do it conspicuously—work efficiently, make the most of your time, refusing to waste even a minute of it. Make sure no one can say you’re a slacker. This will help you stand in a position of strength when it’s time to say no.

9. Go Home

Have the confidence and courage to do your work for the number of hours you’ve been hired for. Then, go home. The church will not fall apart because you are not there. When you come back, you’ll be ready to work hard again.

Amy Simpson is a leadership coach, a popular speaker, and the award-winning author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Missionand Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry (both InterVarsity Press). You can find her at, on Facebook, on LinkedIn, and on Twitter @aresimpson.

January31, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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