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.
Bishop Scott J. Jones
Born in Tennessee, raised in Illinois, Indiana and Colorado, marrying a Kansan—I don’t know where I am from. I am the husband of Mary Lou, father of three married children, grandfather of five, United Methodist elder, sometime pastor, sometime seminary professor, longtime Wesley scholar and now bishop joyfully serving the Texas Conference
Location: Houston, Texas
Your Ministry: Bishop of the Texas Annual Conference
Current computer/laptop: Microsoft surface
Bishop Jones’s website:
Describe a recent work day:
Meetings with conference leaders, meetings with community leaders, answering correspondence (snail mail and email) writing sermons, writing an article for the website, conducting a webinar about conference decisions.
Gadgets/apps/tools that you cannot live without:
My laptop computer and iPad for reading
What’s your workspace set up like?
My office window has a beautiful view of downtown Houston, with comfortable chairs and table for meetings. But I work remotely since I travel so much
Best short-cut; life hack you use:
My administrative assistant knows everything in my professional life and keeps me on track
How do you keep track of what you have to do?
I keep a todo list to remember all my projects and commitments.
What’s one of the least favorite aspects of what you have to do?
Disciplining clergy misconduct
Passion/Side project of yours?
Bicycling and skiing (both water and snow)
What gives you joy about your work:
Seeing God work in the ministry of others
Currently reading/ or anything you’d recommend one to read:
L. Gregory Jones, Christian Social Innovation: Renewing Wesleyan Witness