But Never Urgent
Remember Stephen Covey’s Urgent / Important Time Matrix from the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (http://www.amazon.com/The-Habits-Highly-Effective-People/dp/0743269519)?
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.