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4 hour work week

January 28, 2008

A couple of weeks back I posted on the book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.  I was a little nervous posting this for a couple of reasons: 1) People would think I only want to work 4 hours a week; 2) That I want to join the new rich.  But I’m happy to tell you that those descriptors are a little misleading.  I do want to escape the 9-5, and I do want to join the “new rich.”  But neither has anything to do about the hours one works or the amount of money one makes.  Instead, this book has really opened my eyes to some new insights that I find very practical in ministry.

Most of us who are in ministry are in some way entrepreneurial.  We manage programs and discipleship people, alternating time between the office, at home, with people, buried in work at Starbucks.  So as I read this book I realized that though I wasn’t finding myself passionate about the automated, online businesses that he was suggesting, I was brainstorming about how to better use my gifts in ministry.  And his suggestions on fasting from media, looking at the 80/20 principle, minimalism/less is more mentality  and mini-retirements are something that I think would go a long way in helping one be better prepared and refreshed for the work involved in ministry.

This book was a suggestion by many others that I respect, and now that I have finished reading it, I’m glad to say that it was worth it.  There will be pages, and sometimes chapters that may or may not interest you, or that you may find yourself disagreeing with, but overall I think there are some important concepts that you will walk away with.

If you have read the book, tell me what you think.  If anything, it’s important that we every once in a while read something that so turns traditional methods on their heads.  Doing so helps us re-evaluate our own life, ministry, methods, etc., and gives us an opportunity to look at the paradigm we are operating in and to ask ourselves if it’s the right one.

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