This past week on the ACFW e-loop, the question was asked, "How do you balance church service and your writing?"
There were many replies. But one really hit my eye. Ane Mulligan said her pastor told folks to subscribe to the 1-1-1 formula for church involvement/service.
1 Worship Service Attendence.
1 Bible Study Attendence.
1 Service position.
Each week, attend one worship service, one Bible study, and serve in one ministry.
That sounds simple. I could do that. I AM doing that (Though my Bible study meets every other week. Does Sunday School count as a Bible study? Our current class sure seems to, since we're picking apart the book of Romans, one bite at a time.) Writing time mostly takes place during the week, with the occasional Saturday thrown in. I don't write on Sundays. I'm finding the current balance to be not too bad. I don't feel nearly as stretched-thin as I did at this time last year, but my ministry has changed from caring for a terminally ill family member to being more involved in church, nursery, women's ministries, Bible study, etc.
Question: How do you balance your church service and your writing? What do you think of the 1-1-1 formula? (Really curious to see what Pastor Kevin thinks of this, since I didn't get a chance to discuss it with him on Sunday, though I meant to.)