The “One Hour Early” Principle – Time Management for Pastors and Worship Leaders

What would you do with an extra hour today?  

That’s the question I posed last week as we began this 3-part series on how to best manage your time as a pastor and worship leader.

If you think about it, an extra hour today is the difference between…
…Going home at rest or going home stressed.

…Making it to your daughter’s basketball game, or making another excuse for why you couldn’t get away.

…Enjoying the work of ministry, or succumbing to the pressure of ministry.
An extra hour can make a BIG difference… wouldn’t you agree?

And that’s what today’s insight is all about how to gain an extra hour:
Time Management Principle #2:  THE “ONE HOUR EARLY” PRINCIPLE

We all woke up this morning with the same 24 hours.  Those who accomplish great things for God (and have a healthy ministry and personal life balance) don’t have any more hours in their day than anyone else.

They just know how to use the hours they have more effectively by getting started earlier.

Here’s how it works:
#1 – Wake up one hour earlier – Don’t sleep to the last minute and hit the snooze button five times.  Get up and get started on your day one hour earlier.  You’ll have extra time for your devotion, personal reading, and even get some planning or other important work done.

#2 – Go into the office one hour earlier – By going into work one hour earlier you avoid the morning rush (traffic, Starbucks, etc.) and you get an hour of uninterrupted, focused work done before anyone else arrives at the office.  You’ll be amazed how much you can accomplish in this hour!

#3 – Go to bed one hour earlier – OK, so this one isn’t popular with a lot people, but don’t stay up to watch Jimmy Fallon (no offense Jimmy!).  Too many pastors and worship leaders toil (or waste time) late into the night (the least effective hours of the day) rather than allowing their bodies to rest in anticipation of the day to come.
Simply put – the biggest obstacle to #1 and #2… is #3.  So call it a night, get some sleep, and get ready for the day ahead.

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

That’s my prayer for you and me both today.  

So here’s the question: What will you do with the hours of your days this week?  

Would you be willing to invest one hour with me tomorrow (Wednesday, February 5) for a Leadership and Briefing Call where I will help you outline your personal and ministry 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 (and our Leadership and Briefing call tomorrow!), then you can join Worship Leader Gold today by visiting

Oh… and even if you can’t make the call tomorrow, I’ll post the recording (along with over $850 in FREE bonus resources) in your personalized Worship Leader Gold “Hub” for you to listen to whenever you like.  

What do you say… it’s not too late to join the call.  Can I count you in?

Just to go to join, and I’ll send you the private conference call line for our Leadership and Briefing call right away!

Your partner in ministry,

PS – The next Leadership Briefing Call is TOMORROW – 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 TOMORROW – 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