The Pareto principle—often called the 80/20 rule—explains that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. While this principle traces its origins to economics, it holds true in ministry as well. Most actions bear little fruit, but a handful yield huge returns. Half a dozen desperate announcements for more worship team volunteers bring exactly zero new musicians, and just one personal invitation brings a great new guitarist and two referrals. Sound familiar?
This can’t be avoided; that’s why it’s called a rule. But knowing that 80% of our results come from only 20% of our actions, we ought to identify those actions and protect them, ensure that we always have time for them, and refuse to allow less-productive actions to steal time and attention away from them.
What are you non-negotiables? What actions yield the most results for you? Share them in comments so we can learn from each other.