We Have Got to Get Organized
02.09.2015 posted by Chris Marchand
I’m an organizational freak. I’ve always been an odd ball in youth ministry because most of my friends habits around organization or the lack there of would make me cringe. When someone’s desk is overflowing with paper and receipts I just want to shut the door, lock it, and send him or her away so I can sort, file, and organize everything. Let’s just put it this way, my favorite day would include four hours or more just walking through the Container Store and thinking through all the different ways I could organize, color code, and file system something.
I’m also one of those inbox zero email people. I hate a crowded inbox. Some people have inboxes with emails from when they graduated high school… not me. It comes in, it gets dealt with, and then the email is archived, filed, or rule permissioned so that it goes to the right corresponding file folder next time. Another example of my weirdness came when it was time to run an event or activity. The best part for me was not going on the activity. No, I do not want to burn outside in the summer heat for twelve hours while we listen to Christian band after Christian band and then do relationship break up counseling on the ride back to church. No, the best part for me was the half hour before we left the building. In that space I’m an organizational Jack Bauer. I would get the keys, fill up the gas tank, do my vehicle safety check. That Ford fifteen passenger van might as well have been a C17 Globemaster (a really big transport aircraft that the U.S. Air Force uses). I would grab my clipboard with my already prepared checklists and parent sign in sheets. I would process in everyone’s information. Ahhh… it was the best feeling in the world.
Youth ministry has not always had the best reputation for being well organized. Maybe you’re like me and organizational habits come easy. Or, perhaps you’re not like me and you still have empty pizza boxes lying around from last year’s super bowl party. In either case, here are some thoughts on how you can better organize your youth ministry.
How do you stay organized in your ministry? I’d love to hear what tools or methods you use on a regular basis to execute your ministry. Thanks!