I’ve always been curious of how other pastors and church leaders work. So I shamelessly ripped of Lifehacker.com’s How I Work series and began to ask other church leaders questions about their work.
About Paul in 240 characters or less:
Houston Texas native who is a pastor and community organizer in the East End of Houston. I enjoy playing basketball, baking bread, and coffee.
Location: Houston TX
Your Ministry: Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s UMC Houston
One word that describes how you work: scattered
Current mobile device: iPhone 5s
Current computer/laptop: Samsung Chromebook Pro
Connect with Paul:
Describe a recent work day:
My days are typically running around the neighborhood working in community spaces like libraries, coffee shops, or community centers and meeting with people. I try to work as much as I can in the 9-5 range but often have evening meetings so I take a little more me time in the morning on those occasions.
Gadgets/apps/tools that you cannot live without:
Google Calendar. Google Keep
What’s your workspace set up like?
I don’t have an office, so my work space is always different and I keep everything I need in a backpack.
Best short-cut; life hack you use:
Life has no shortcuts. If you are trying to accomplish something important it takes time and work.
How do you keep track of what you have to do?
A mix of Google Calendar and Google Keep. Both sync across devices. One gives me the list of to do’s and the other gives me the meetings and things with real deadlines.
What’s one of the least favorite aspects of what you have to do:
I have a very unstructured time schedule and day. I have to set my day and it can be hard to maintain focus when I am out on my own.
Passion/Side project of yours?
I like baking bread. If you have never baked real bread, I’m talking just flour, salt, yeast, and water; then you are missing it. it’s like watching a miracle every time. Also washing dishes is a very calming chore for me.
What gives you joy about your work:
I get to be with people all day. I also get to dream about the future of the neighborhood. I also get to show up and witness the amazing works of God.
Currently reading/ or anything you’d recommend one to read:
Willie Jennings commentary on Acts. Tell all your friends. Read this book. It’s the only commentary you’ll ever want to read cover to cover.