One Thing Every Healthy Leader Needs

Three reasons you need margin


by Mark Entzminger/ November 9, 2015

There’s one thing we need if we want to grow and develop into the kind of leader God wants us to become … margin. The Sabbath isn’t a recommendation. God designed us to intentionally slow down, clear our minds, and rest. Unfortunately, margin seems to be in short supply for many kids’ ministry leaders I meet. It seems like there’s always more things to do than hours in the day.

This week, we want to spend some time talking about how to create margin in our lives so we can become the types of leaders God wants us to become. But before we get into the how, I want to unpack some reasons why margin is important.

Three Reasons Every KidMin Leader Needs Margin

A few months ago, Tim Elmore shared six benefits of margin in a student's life.

  • Margin increases our ministry effectiveness. The danger of any ministry role is that we overextend ourselves. We are created for rest. We don’t have to go full throttle 24 hours a day. While you might think going 100 miles an hour, 365 days a year, is the only way to be effective, the opposite is actually true. Multiple studies show that margin allows us to be more effective in the time we spend on what we do.

  • Margin increases our chances for longevity in ministry. Not taking time to rest is one of the most common causes of burnout among ministry leaders. If you have margin built into your life, you will be a happier minister. You will be a healthier minister in every area of life.

  • Margin improves our ability to truly connect with people. With margin, we have mental capacity to empathize with and relate to others. You will appreciate the giftedness of other people. If you’ve ever caught yourself snapping at someone unexpectedly or being frustrated or annoyed by “small issues,” it’s probably because you don’t have enough margin in your life.

This week, you’ll hear from some incredible kids’ ministry leaders who’ve learned the value of margin. My hope is that we wouldn’t just consider their insights as “good ideas,” but that we would be intentional about finding ways to apply them in our lives and ministries. 

I’d love to know: What are some ways you’ve seen building margin into your life improve your ministry?