Playbook Team Edition

Hard Workers

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Hard Workers

At 7 City Church, we have three TEAM VALUES that we play by. We are SERVANT LEADERS, TEAM PLAYERS, and HARD WORKERS. Today we’re focusing on being Hard Workers.

Colossians 3:23 (NLT) – Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Five Steps to Becoming a Hard Worker:

  1.  PRIORITIES: Begin with the End in Mind

When we don’t begin with the end in mind, we end up in a place we never had in mind. Hard workers understand that the first step to managing our time is establishing the right priorities. Time management doesn’t matter if you’re working toward the wrong priorities. You’ll only get to the wrong destination faster. 

  1. INITIATIVE: Get Started Now

Hard workers take initiative by practicing the three P’s: Be Prompt, Own Problems, and Be Proactive.

  1. QUALITY: Consistently Deliver Excellence

Hard workers are committed to their craft. They continually learn, practice, and grow. Hard workers look for the best solutions. They’re not content to do mediocre work. They understand that they are ultimately working for the Lord, and are committed to consistently deliver excellent quality in all they do.

  1. EFFICIENCY: Maximize Your Time

Unmanaged time naturally flows to our weaknesses, the trivial, and emergencies. Hard workers maximize their time by blocking out time to do what matters most.

  1. PERSISTENCE: Never Give Up

The reason some people succeed and many don’t is they give up before success has a chance to show up. Hard workers are persistent…they never give up.


Back in the 90s, “Boston Chicken” (which eventually became “Boston Market”) was a serious competitor of Chick-Fil-A. The company had huge expansion plans with a goal to have a billion dollars in sales by the year 2000. The Chick-Fil-A insiders were a little nervous about Boston Market’s ambitious plans. Things culminated in a meeting with Chick-Fil-A’s Vice Presidents and marketing team as they kept asking how Chick-Fil-A could get bigger, faster. Truett Cathy (the company’s founder) was in the meeting, sitting quietly at the end of the table. He didn’t even look very engaged in the meeting. Suddenly, Truett started banging his fist on the table until he had everyone’s attention. Then he said, “Gentlemen, I am sick and tired of hearing you talk about us getting bigger.” Then he paused and said, “What we need to be talking about is getting better. If we get better our customers will demand that we get bigger.” That shifted the whole conversation. In 1998, Boston Market filed for bankruptcy, and in 2000 Chick-Fil-A hit a billion dollars in sales.


  1. Which of the five steps to becoming a Hard Worker challenges you the most? Why?
  1. What is one thing you can do, as Truett Cathy said, “to get better” in your area of ministry?



Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were

working for the Lord rather than for people.

Colossians 3:23 (NLT)




"Opportunity is missed by most people because

it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

Thomas Edison


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