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Jeb Blount wrote a fascinating book about fanatical prospecting and how important it is for salespeople to keep the first things first. Here’s how that relates to pastors.

Key Points:

  • Protect the golden hours. Block your time so you can focus on the important things when those things need to be attended to.
  • In pastoring and disciple-making, the golden hours should be about taking 1-2 hours per day to focus on: training, connecting, following up.
  • The platinum hours. This is where you do the things that are important but not as important as the “golden hour” things.

Quote This:

When you get disciplined at blocking your time and concentrating your power, you see a massive and profound impact on your productivity. -Jeb Blount

See Also: Pastoral Ministry

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Why is it important to block out the “golden hours”? What have you seen to be true – or untrue – about this point?
  3. What things are preventing you from regimenting your time? Is it feasible for you to block out golden hours? Explain.
  4. What would “training” look like in your ministry context? How important do you rank it among your responsibilities or goals? Explain.
  5. What would “connecting” look like in your ministry context? How important do you rank it among your responsibilities or goals? Explain.
  6. What would “following up” look like in your ministry context? How important do you rank it among your responsibilities or goals? Explain.
  7. What would you say are your “trivial” things? Your “platinum” things? Your “golden” things? Explain.
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.