Many people talk about making New Year resolutions this time of year. They make their lists of things they want to start doing or stop doing. Their goal is to improve on the previous year, by making necessary changes and adjustments in their life.
But what about churches? How many churches make resolutions at the start of a new year? The truth is, churches need to make adjustments and changes at the start of this new year just like individuals do. There are things they need to start or stop doing.
If your church doesn’t make New Year resolutions, it should. Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions every church should consider.
1- Trust the Power of God’s Word More
I’m afraid us pastors tend to drift toward trusting in our ability to plan, cast vision, lead, communicate, and make tough decisions more than we trust the power of God’s Word. Don’t get me wrong, these other things are needed, but none of them come close to the importance of simply trusting in the life-changing power of God’s Word.
2- Do More to Help the Poor and Needy
I know there are a million reasons not to do this. However, I cannot get away from the command the Bible gives time and time again to help and minister to the poor and needy. Partner with an organization that specializes in this kind of ministry. Talk to others who are doing it. Come up with a plan. Start small if you need to, but do something.
3- Focus More on Discipleship
Most churches do not have a content problem; they have an application and obedience problem. What I mean is that most churches I know do a good job of presenting biblical information each week, but a poor job helping their people apply and live out the truths that have been taught. This is why discipleship is so important. I am convinced that discipleship is a key ingredient to having a biblical church.
4- Operate Intentionally
I know how easy it is do something because it has always been done. I also know how easy it is to get into a rut of doing the same thing over and over without giving thought to it. Operating intentionally means that we know what our God-given purpose is, we have a biblical plan for getting there, and then we make decisions each day that move our church in that direction. I wrote more about being an intentional church HERE.
5- Be More About People
Ministry requires programs and activities, I get that. But don’t get so focused on the programs that you fail to minister to the individual. Pastors, get out of the office and spend time with people. Focus less on building a church and more on building people and you will accomplish both.
What resolutions do you think churches need to have?