As I have mentioned I enjoy spending time reading books, blogs, and magazines that relate to ministry and leadership. However, just doing this doesn’t always get the creative juices flowing. If I have been sitting in my office too many days in a row, too many distractions right in front of me, it helps me to get out of my normal situation so I can work on new ideas. Personally it helps me to get out into a public setting where there is all sorts of diversity, thoughts, and conversations happening around me.
Many times I will go to a local coffee shop, Taco Bell, or get some Chic-Fil-A in the mall at the food court. It helps me to be around people mingling and see people living their lives as I prepare for things ahead in the ministry. When I just stay in my office my ideas and creativity go stagnant.
Where do you go when you need a creative burst? Find that place and then plug-in! Not everyone will understand, some people will not get why you need to grab some books and head to a Taco Bell to work but do what you need to do to be effective in ministry. Some people will think you should be in the office from 9-5 Monday-Friday and then do ministry outside the office after that but if that doesn’t work for you then change it up!
One of my favorite comedians Bill Cosby said, “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ” We are each uniquely made and there will be different things in each of our lives that we need to do to perform at our best. Find out what those things are for you and do it! Find your keys to success and go after them!