We schedule meetings. We schedule people to conduct ministry in the different time slots. We schedule rooms for the various ministries to be used at varying times. Sometimes it may seem like a tedious task but like everything we do, it too needs to be run through the grid of who we are in Christ and His design and purposes for the Church. A good starting place is . . .
The Biblical Mandate for Considerate Scheduling:
Part of Body Life is looking out for one another: . . . These one another commands should infiltrate all we do as members of one another (Rom. 12:5). Perhaps when it comes to scheduling, these mandates are what I am calling considerate scheduling. . . .
One of the inadvertent effects of scheduling people for ministry in the church is that it doesn’t often leave time for people to “go” and make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). We can also schedule so many meetings or programs for people to attend that they have little time for the “go” part of the Great Commission. . . .
For many, scheduling seems to be getting harder and harder. While we could probably cite many reasons for that, I want to focus on one that relates to the person doing the scheduling. Sometimes difficulty scheduling occurs because we get locked into our agenda of expectations, a set criteria for frequency of people to serve, our timetables, our program needs, etc. We’ve always done it a certain way and that’s how we continue. But, the people we’re working with now probably differ, at least in part, from those we first started recruiting. Circumstances or needs may have changed. As leaders we must learn how to be flexible. . . .