Sanford Levings

"Hi, I’m Sanford Levings, President of MinistryCFO and author of this blog. The purpose of our blog is to share with you information and insights that we gather from working with and listening to our clients and partners, located throughout the country." read more

Why Sound Governance Documents are Utterly Important

But Never Urgent

Remember Stephen Covey’s Urgent / Important Time Matrix from the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (

If not, here’s the Urgent / Important Time Matrix:







Here’s a quick recap of each quadrant:

  • Quadrant 1: Urgent – Important.  These are the most pressing tasks we’ll
  • Quadrant 2: Not Urgent – Important. These are the tasks that matter in the long-term but will yield no tangible benefits either this week or this year.
  • Quadrant 3: Urgent – Not Important.  These tasks clog up our time today but, when we look back at these things at the end of the week, we’ll have to admit they were a waste of time.
  • Quadrant 4: Not Urgent – Not Important.  These things we do because we feel like we’re tired and need a break and they are usually mindless in nature.

Guess which quadrant church governance falls into?  (Hint: look for the yellow start above).

Governance is never, ever urgent until it becomes important.  Whenever governance is important, it is not just important, it is utterly important.