[Habakkuk 2:2] “The the Lord answered me and said: ‘Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.’”
When it comes to setting goals and following the vision God gives you, merely thinking about them isn’t enough. Writing down plans and aspirations not only serves as a visual reminder but also increases the likelihood of attaining them. A research study from Dominican University in California concludes that people are 42% more likely to achieve their goals just by writing them down.
As you reflect on your church’s accomplishments from the past year, we’ve listed a few helpful strategies to focus on defining your church goals for the new year:
Many might consider a larger congregation an achievement, but that’s not always the case. An increase in church members does not equate to increased Biblical knowledge and communion with God.
Instead, shift the focus onto the spiritual growth of the church rather than its numerical growth. Aim for hosting topic-specific small groups and bible studies. Schedule periodic prayers and opportunities for discipleship. These techniques assist members in receiving more time in fellowship and guidance outside of the usual Sunday-service, prayerfully leading to a better understanding of the Bible and life as a Christian.
Healthy Work/Life Balance
Prioritizing and time management are vital skills. More than often, we may find ourselves investing more time and energy in our jobs, schools, and extracurriculars than with God. As leaders and followers of Christ, we must have the mindset of putting and keeping God first. Also, according to 1 Timothy 5:8, it is necessary for us to provide for our families and household. Church staff and volunteers are expected to care for the church, but not to the point they are overwhelmed and unable to do the same for their families and homes.
For the new year, consider planning devoted family time and vacations. Make plans for schedule flexibility for church staff and ministry leaders so they can allot time for their family as well as personal development and recharging.
No matter how productive the year has been, acknowledge that there is always room for improvement. As ministry leaders and followers of Christ, character development and growth is essential.
Plan church leadership meetings periodically to identify both victories and shortcomings within the church, such as in areas of outreach, hospitality, and teaching methods. Consider attending or hosting church conferences and events with other churches, such as book clubs and workshops, for outside perspectives, inspiration, and fellowship with the body of Christ.
These goals will help your church prepare for all that 2018 has to bring, as well as strengthen the ministry as a whole. Get your congregation involved in the church’s goals and encourage them to set their own by hosting a vision board workshop or small group activity. It’s a great way to get the congregation connected, encourage fellowship with new members, and see where different members are at in their spiritual walk.
Partners in Ministry has a fantastic collection of books and study tools to support your church leadership in their efforts.