The Biblical Mandate for Considerate Scheduling:
Part of Body Life is looking out for one another:
- care for one another (1 Cor. 12:25)
- honor one another (Rom. 12:10b)
- kind to one another (Eph. 4:32)
- serve one another (Gal. 5:13)
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.
Examples of Considerate Scheduling:
In the church we schedule programs.
Are you promoting considerate scheduling by using a master calendar and sign-out sheets? People should know when facilities and equipment are being used.
In the church we schedule staff to serve within those programs.
Are you promoting considerate scheduling by being on the level about expectations in terms of time commitment? Are you guarding against overloading people with more than they can handle and still keep other priorities?
In the church we schedule board meetings, planning meetings, taining meetings, and the like.
Are you promoting considerate scheduling by doing the following? —
- giving sufficient advance notice of a meeting
- trying to schedule when it is most convenient (i.e., perhaps already at the church)
- coming prepared to the meeting
- making the most efficient use of the time in that meeting
- rarely going over the allotted time
- making it worth their time to be there by making everyone’s contribution matter