Additional Topics, Orientation to Pastoral Work, Class #1 of 5: Session 1 – July: Orientation to Pastoral Work: PA.S.TO.R.

Additional Topics, Orientation to Pastoral Work, Class #1 of 5: Session 1 – July: Orientation to Pastoral Work: PA.S.TO.R.

Other posts will be added to provide useful information for this section of the class. Topics may include:

Why Autofocus?

How to Autofocus.

GTD: Why you need a “trusted system” for your open loops, missing files and deadlines.
GTD: Why you need an Inbox
GTD: Why you need an Everything To-Do List
GTD: Why you need a Filing System
GTD: The GTD Weekly Review and The Two Minute Rule
GTD: Projects

GTD: Why you need a tower of trays.
GTD: Why you need priority trays.
GTD: Why you need a “Someday Maybe” tray
GTD: Why you need a “Read/Review” tray
GTD: Why you need a “Waiting For” tray
GTD: Other trays for Single Handling

GTD: Filing for Pastoral Care
GTD: Filing for Sermons
GTD: Filing for Church Committees
GTD: Filing for “Frequent Use” papers

Paper Tools – spiral notebooks or bound journals?
Paper Tools – Three Ring notebooks?
Digital List Tools – Spreadsheets
Digital To-Do List Tools – ToDoist, Google Calendar, Outlook, Wunderlist
Digital Filing Tools – Desktop Folders
Digital Filing Tools – Evernote & OneNote
Digital Filing Tools – Scanners (go paperless)

Backing Up

Other Systems: Zen To Done, Stephen Covey, etc.

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Your suggestions and questions will help improve the class and are welcome in the comment section below.

These blog posts attempt to provide a practical, helpful orientation to pastoral work in the Kaskaskia River District, Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist church for persons beginning their ministry, particularly laypersons supplying smaller churches. Like all free advice, they are intended to begin a conversation, should be prayed over carefully and thoughtfully applied after thinking them through.

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