As a leader you want to see people in your church maintaining schedules that are honoring to the Lord which will be reflected in what they watch on TV, listen to, what they do on Internet, how they spend their leisure, etc. You want them to live holy lives (Rom. 12:1), fully devoted to God.
As a leader you want to see people using their time wisely, prioritizing love for God and people. You want them to have disciplemaking schedules, serving the Lord both in and outside of the walls of the church.
As a leader you should also want them to make sure to etch out time for nurturing their relationship with the Lord. You want them to have sustainable schedules so they do not get discouraged in doing good or burnout.
You want even their schedules, how they spend their time, to reflect God’s heart for the Church to be Christ-like. You want them to make the most of the opportunities God gives them.
But, can church leaders keep members accountable for how they spend their time?
A heavy-handed approach will tend to come across as too controlling, even legalistic. Yet, a hands-off approach will not be helpful, nor the loving thing to do. The biblical approach of a Christ-like leader would be a hands-toward-God approach wherein the leader:
- prays for people and how they use their time (Eph. 6:18; James 5:16)
- points them to God as the One to whom they are ultimately accountable for their schedules (Heb. 4:13)
- provides lots of encouragement, warnings when needed, and spurring on (1 Thess. 5:14; Heb. 10:24)
- positions himself as a model or example for others to follow (1 Cor. 11:1; 1 Pet. 5:3)
Just as leaders keep people accountable for how they spend their time, so do leaders themselves need accountable schedules.
As a leader, you are not exempt from the temptations to spend time doing that which is not holy or God-honoring. You too need learn to prioritize your time and keep a sustainable schedule. You can do that by:
- seeking prayer from others on your behalf regarding the use of your time
- making yourself open and approachable by others to speak truth into your life about your schedule
- learning from others who have mastered the use of time better than you