Pastor’s Ponderings

The Pareto Principle

I really enjoyed my time serving on the faculty of the US Air Force’s Military Airlift Command Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy. There were about 16 of us instructors on staff. Our mission was to teach fellow NCO’s to be better leaders and communicators, as welll as gaining a deeper appreciation for the profession of arms.

One of the leadership and management topics we explored with our students was the Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 Rule. The 80/20 Rule is one of the most helpful of all concepts of time and life management. It is called the “Pareto Principle” after its founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first wrote about it in 1895. Pareto noticed that people in his society seemed to divide naturally into what he called the “vital few,” the top 20 percent in terms of money and influence, and the “trivial many,” the bottom 80 percent.

Essentially, that means 20% of the people in an organization do 80% of the work.  Or 20% of the members are giving 80% of the finances. (I don’t know whether Trinity Church’s financial giving is an example of the Pareto Principle; that’s a responsibility of the deacons). Sometimes, people in an organization don’t volunteer to serve because they don’t know the needs. To that end, I’m providing a list of 8 areas of need. God has gifted each one of us to serve the larger body. What can you help with today?

1 – Someone to head up the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry (See Larry McAuley)

2 – Someone to form a cast and direct the Christmas play – (See me)

3 – Musicians – I was impressed watching the musicians of Grace Fellowship in Freeport rehearse before the presbytery meeting earlier this month.  A pianist, one playing a guitar, another a cellist, and 2 singers.  Simple, yet those musically gifted were eager to share their musical talents with us.! (See Rose Ann Bodeen or Lorrie Crose if you’re thinking you would like to serve as part of Trinity’s music ministry!)

4 – Here’s one anyone with a vehicle can help with – driving people without transportation to worship, or driving people to appointments (within reason).  (See me).

5 – Provide snacks for Bible Bunch sessions, the first and third Thursday each month during the school year.  (See the clipboard on the table in the foyer.)

6 – Visiting/calling others, especially those unable to come to worship.

7 – Clean up/weed out the church library. (Dive in! West Classroom)

8 – If you’re an adult man, begin meeting with a younger man or older boy and disciple him.  If you’re an adult woman, begin meeting with a younger woman or older girl and disciple her.  Don’t know what to do? (See me or your shepherding elder)

Yesterday on Facebook, I saw a post about a man from another church in our presbytery who works with his church’s youth ministry.  The man is 91 years old!  We have room and opportunities for 90 year olds at Trinity Church, too!

How could you be serving in ways you’re not presently serving? We need you. 

Yours in Jesus, Pastor Daren