Recently, I sat in staff meeting, and we looked back at the year and what God has done in our church. If you are anything like me, then this year has flown by really quickly. With the year moving so fast it is really difficult to take in everything. As we approach a new year, now is the perfect time to look back. So, take some time in the next few days to look back and remind yourself of what God has done through you this past year. I would even recommend that you write these things down, spend some time looking over them, and then file them away. This could be a really cool thing to pull out each year, review, and then add to.
I know that this may be kind of obvious, but now is also the time to look forward into the new year. Look at what you have accomplished this year, and look at what worked and what didn’t. Look at the things that were really great and remember the things that really bombed. Then, look at how you can duplicate the good, and improve on or replace the bad. Pray over your list from this year and then set some goals for the new year.
Remember when you are setting goals that you need to set goals related to those things that you have control over. Setting goals for growth might seem logical, but there is little that you can do to make your ministry grow. However, you can set goals to do more outreach, to improve your follow-up, and things like that. Whether you are a full-time children’s pastor, a bivocational pastor or a weekend volunteer, these things will lead to growth in your ministry and are things that you do have control over.
I know that saying that there is little we can do to make our ministry grow may cause some of you a bit of anxiety. However, I believe this is a biblical concept. In 1 Corinthians 3:6 Paul says,
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”
So, what I am saying here is that God will make your ministry grow, but you have to continue planting seeds and watering. You may even have to do some plowing to prepare the land some, but at the end of the day God is the one that will make it grow. The analogy to planting and sowing may seem far removed from many of us these days when we look out and see snow on the ground, but as the calendar turns, it is the perfect time to reflect on those activities.
So tell me, what was great about 2010? What lessons did you learn in 2010 that we could all learn from? What great things do you have planned for 2011?