By: Dave Ramseyer

Focus is a tricky thing. Often we think if we are really working hard and lost teens are in the picture we are focused. But if we step back and examine a little closer, I wonder if we would see that sometimes our intense activity covers up a lack of true focus. Read last week’s blog for more context.

Personal Exercise:
Write down your schedule from the last 5-10 days. Use your calendar to get as much detail as you can remember. Then use the personal reflections listed below in the staff team exercise (reflect overall, reflect on three focus areas, and ask why).  Even make time to sit down with your supervisor and share your observations and determine together your best action steps to move into a healthier focus on the mission.

Staff Team Exercise:
Here is a fun exercise to try with your staff team: have everyone track their activity/hours for a week in detail (maybe one staff meeting to the next).  Give them a weekly calendar grid (much like Outlook) and have them fill out how they spend their time. I wouldn’t tell them why. When they all bring back their schedules, ask them to highlight three things: with one color have them highlight personal relational ministry (contacting, building times, appointments), with a second color highlight all relational ministry programming (club, small groups, student leadership), and with a third color highlight everything else. Next, have them take 5 minutes to journal about what they have discovered in this process. Ask them to pair up and swap schedules – have them ask each other why they chose to do what they did in several of the key highlighted areas. Finally, put up three key focus areas for them to think about:

  1. Reaching lost teens
  2. Multiplying a team to reach lost teens
  3. Raising up lifelong followers

Ask them to journal specifically about what their schedule tells them about their focus in these three areas. Now open up the dialogue for honest sharing. Help your team members to learn from each other and sharpen each other’s commitment to focus on what matters.

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