What would you do with an extra hour this week?

What would you do with an extra hour today?  

That’s a question that should captivate every pastor and worship leader.  

If you could wave a magic wand and get all of the items on your list done giving you an extra hour to invest however you like… what would you do with it?

OK – back to reality and let’s be honest… most pastors and worship leaders find their lives and their ministries stretched with more than can possibly be accomplished in a week (much less a day).  With the demands of work during the day, and then rehearsals, meetings and your kid’s basketball practice at night, we face our everyday lives with very little margin.  (And if something new gets added or goes wrong… well, we know where that lands us.)

But “what if…?”  What if you could get everything done in less time and discover you have an extra hour in your day?

That’s exactly what good time management principles allow you to do.  And since God doesn’t issue magic wands along with your call to ministry, it’s up to you and I to discover and implement these principles to help us make the most of the time we have – for God’s kingdom, our families and our ministries.

Psalm 90:12 tells us . . . “Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

Over the course of the next 3 weeks I want to share with you 3 Time Management Principles that can radically change the trajectory of your week, and that could literally give you an extra hour every day. (Oh, by the way… an extra hour a day multiplied across a year will give you an extra 15.2 days in 2014… sound good to you?).

So, let’s cut to the chase with the first principle.

Time Management Principle #1:  LIVE OFF-PEAK

I can’t tell you what a difference this little time management principle has made in my life since I learned it from my Lead Pastor several years ago.  Living Off-Peak simply means that while the rest of the world is doing one thing, I’m doing something else.

For example, over lunch almost everyone is going to the bank or the post office.  If you go when everyone else goes, then what should be a simple 15 minute errand could easily turn into a 45 minute waste of time.

Here are some other ways that you could implement this simple strategy:

  – Don’t commute during rush-hour.  Leave early to go to work, and stay a little later to miss the rush.  You not only save the wasted time sitting in traffic, but you also get some uninterrupted work time before everyone else arrives (more on this next week)

  – Get the first doctor / dentist appointment of the morning. Ever notice how the waiting room is never full at 8am?

  – Go to lunch early or late.  Just don’t go at lunchtime.

  – Go on vacation with your family at off-peak times.  You will save money and time!

Here’s what you will find… when you start practicing this principle, you will soon begin to see ways to live Off-Peak in other areas of your life as well.  

As I close, let me leave you with a quote that I first heard in 2007, and that has been a constant time management encouragement to me ever since:

I will do the most important thing possible at every given moment.

What is the most important thing possible?  Well – it depends.  At 5:30am it’s your devotions.  At 8:30am it’s probably that big project you have on your list for this week. It could be date night with your spouse, quality time with your kids, or reading an article like this.  

What matters is knowing what’s important, and making the right investment at the right time.  Otherwise your life becomes filled with missed opportunities and wasted time.

I hate missed opportunities, and I don’t want you to miss opportunities in your ministry or your personal life either.  And that’s why I’d like to invite you to join me next Wednesday, February 5 for a 60-minute Leadership and Briefing Call where I will help you outline your calendar for 2014 so that you make the most of the time you have this year.

It’s going to be a powerful call where I’ll walk you through:

    •    What should be FIRST on your calendar (hint: it’s not what you think)
    •    What should NOT be on your calendar
    •    Key dates to pray and prepare for
    •    What you should be doing every day, every week, every month and every year to develop a healthy and growing ministry and personal life
    •    And much more!

This special Leadership and Briefing Call is at the heart of my BRAND NEW Worship Leader Gold Network and is just one of over 16 EXCLUSIVE benefits for those who are part of this first-of-its kind monthly subscription network for Worship Leaders.

I’ve put all the details in the PS below, but if you would like to be part of this passionate group of worship leaders who are committed to a healthy balance between ministry and personal life, then become a member of Worship Leader Gold today by visiting www.WorshipLeaderGold.com.

I hope you will join this new network, and then join me for this special Leadership Briefing Call next Wednesday, February 5.  Oh… and if you can’t make the call next Wednesday, I’ll post the recording (along with over $813.20 in FREE bonus resources) in your personalized Worship Leader Gold website “hub” for you to listen to whenever you like.

Your partner in ministry,


PS – The next Leadership Briefing Call is next Wednesday, February 5, and there’s still time for you to join the new Worship Leader Gold Network and be a part of the LIVE Call (or listen to the replay later if you can’t make it).

Worship Leader Gold is designed to help you break through the busyness of ministry, and not just survive, but develop the necessary habits to thrive in ministry, your personal life and family life as well.

And I would love for you to become a Founding Member (only 10 Founding Member spots remaining!).  Here’s a quick overview of how it works and what you receive…
Worship Leader Gold is a dream I’ve harbored for a long time about how to help Worship Leaders build not only a healthy and growing worship ministry, but personal and family life as well… and it’s finally here!


The Mission of Worship Leader Gold is to help you achieve personal growth, ministry-life balance and accomplish great things for God’s in your Worship Ministry.

Worship Leader Gold focuses on:

  • Personal and professional growth
  • Worship Team Health and Growth
  • Advanced Planning
  • Healthy Worship Ministry Systems
  • Becoming a better spouse and parent
  • Fulfilling your calling as a minister
  • Stress Management and emotional strength
  • . . . And so much more

It’s about a comprehensive approach to life and ministry a lifestyle that honors God, advances the Kingdom and models Biblical priorities.

You can learn more and join right now at this link:


** Yes Jason, let me in NOW. I’m ready to join Worship Leader Gold for “Founders Only” rate of just $99 per month – that’s ONE THIRD the monthly investment of a regular coaching network but hurry, this founders status won’t last long. ONLY 10 FOUNDING MEMBER SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE. ** 

Worship Leader Gold is a monthly subscription MEMBERSHIP program that includes:

1) The Worship Leader Gold LIVE MONTHLY UPDATE AND LEADERSHIP BRIEFING. . At the heart of the network is a monthly update and briefing from me via LIVE Conference Call. This monthly “pastor to pastor” call (which will be recorded on MP3 for your library) will be a personal, practical, packed-with-content training where I will challenge you, enlighten you, equip you and guide you to maximize your next season of ministry.

With the Worship Leader Gold Monthly Update and Briefing, you’ll always be one step ahead in your planning and fully inspired and equipped to lead your worship ministry at the highest level ($199.00 per month value).

>> NOTE: The Next Briefing is next Wednesday, February 5 at 2:00pm Eastern Time.  Don’t miss out… Sign up today!

2) Monthly Equipping Interview/Conference Call – with me, Nelson Searcy, one of our mentors, a noted author or ministry leader – previous interviews include Steve Stroope, Larry Osborne, Patrick Lencioni, Tim Stevens and more. Listen live when you can, and you’ll receive an MP3 recording each month ($195.00 per month value).

3) Two practical, nuts-and-bolts CD’s sent directly to your mailbox each month. Even if you can’t make the live briefing or equipping calls – we’ll be sure you don’t miss a thing each month.

4) Monthly bonus mail package to help you stay on track and ahead of the calendar. This monthly kit will be mailed to you, including recordings, transcripts, members-only opportunities, event invitations and more!

5) Private Call-In-Hours where you can talk directly to me ($295.00 per month value).

6) FREE Church Growth Champions newsletter, featuring pioneers of church growth and evangelism to inspire you and your ministry.

7) NEW – Monthly Book Summaries for the duration of your membership. Your Worship  Leader Gold membership includes a complimentary subscription to the leading executive summary service for pastors for no extra charge – that’s 30 book summaries per year ($379.00 per year value).

8) FREE “Growth Points” Newsletter written by Church Growth expert Dr. Gary McIntosh. You will be able to keep up with the latest research and learnings on church growth and church health.

9) RESTRICTED ACCESS Online Membership Site/Blog/Resources ($99.00 per month value). You’ll have instant access to all your Worship Leader Gold benefits, documents, recordings, etc. in your online Worship Leader Gold hub.

10) Continually Updated WORSHIP LEADER GOLD RESOURCE DOCUMENTS AND DIRECTORY ($399.00 per month value). If there’s a document that we use at The Journey or that is shared by someone else in the network (and I think its helpful) I’ll share it with you.

11) Members-Only 30% DISCOUNT on all Worship Leader Insights and Church Leader Insights Resources ($245.00 value).

12) FREE Webinar Access to all Church Leader Insights and Worship Leader Insights Webinars ($197.00 per month value).

13) NETWORK ONLY rates on Coaching Networks and Advanced Coaching Networks
 ($141.00 per month value). As a member of Worship Leader Gold, you’ll be able to enter a future 12-Month Worship Pastor Tele-Coaching Network or put a staff member through one of our other networks at the lowest possible rate.

14) Lowest Event Registration Rate for all Church Leader Insights and Worship Leader Insights Events ($100.00 per month value), including upcoming Renegade Pastors Conferences and Church Systems Bootcamps.

15) $595.00 SHOPPING SPREE Gift Certificate upon completion of your sixth month in the Network (99.00 per month Value)

16) $813.20 in FREE Resources when you join today! These resources will be waiting for you in yourWorship Leader Gold Online Hub within two hours of the time you join – you can start taking advantage of these resources immediately! AVAILABLE ONLY TO THE FIRST 50 WORSHIP LEADERS TO JOIN.

Total value of resources and training you receive in this network exceed $2,667.00 per month.

But the network is far more than just the resources you receive. The focus this network provides for your ministry and the ideas and insights in your life are simply priceless.

Are you ready to be a founding member of Worship Leader Gold?

You can join right now at this link:


** Yes Jason, let me in NOW. I’m ready to join Worship Leader Gold for “Founders Only” rate of just $99 per month – that’s ONE THIRD the monthly investment of a regular coaching network but hurry, this founders status won’t last long. ONLY 10 FOUNDING MEMBER SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE. **

Jason Hatley
Pastor of Worship Arts
The Journey Church


TUESDAY MORNING INSIGHTS is Jason Hatley’s free weekly training resource specifically designed to provide you as a worship leader with proven principles, tips and practices to help you lead a healthy and thriving Worship Arts Team.