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Sick

My former Head of Staff and I used to sardonically observe that deaths in the congregation came in bunches. Whenever someone would pass, my boss and I would spend the next couple of days looking sideways at one another, waiting for news of another, silently eyeing our calendars with dread. It was eerie how often […]

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The Things I Lost on My Vacation

A Leuctthurm 1917 notebook, 249 blank pages, hardcover, dotted, colored anthracite. A waistband travel wallet with elastic strap and all its contents: drivers license, debit card, and 100 Euro in cash. These are the things I lost on my vacation. The notebook is gone for good. I took it thinking I might set up my […]

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Buckets

A lot of pastor work is project work: plan a retreat, prepare weekly worship, orchestrate a capital campaign, craft a safe child policy, and so on (A lot of pastor work, mostly the care part of the vocation, is decidedly un-project like, too). Projects are made up of tasks. You can Get Things Done by […]

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A Longer Master Project List Is Not A Better Master Project List

A staple of¬†Getting Things Done is the Master Project List, that compilation of everything you’re working on that requires multiple steps to complete. Planning the junior high lock-in belongs on the Master Project List, because it requires multiple tasks: designing the flyer, recruiting volunteers, building the schedule, and so on. I’ve maintained a Master Project […]

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