1. Invest more in people. When I'm tempted to plot and plan my next program, I will remind myself that one thing I can do with excellence each and every day is to pour into the life of someone else. Does my Nursery Director need a day off? Do my mid-week staffers need to be reminded that I'm praying for them? Is one of my Sunday School teachers struggling with a family matter and need to know that I care and am in their corner?
People matter. Programs will come and go. The people I do ministry with are my responsibility.
2. Plan one bold move. When I lead with excellence, it sometimes requires I make a bold move. I will pray now that God reveals to me what that one bold move should be. I then pray that He makes me courageous like Joshua. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed when I think of changes that need to be made in my ministry. I need to remember that this is a marathon,
not a sprint and one bold move could be a game changer.
"You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it."--Benjamin Mee (We Bought a Zoo)
3. Focus on your own family. If we're not careful, ministry can take priority over our own family. Commit in the coming year to make family meal time, bedtime, etc. priority over meetings, phone calls, etc. God expects us to be faithful to our own families first. What good would it do to win an entire community of people to the Lord if our own were lost?
I pray that 2013 is our most effective year yet in ministry. May we continue to grow into the leaders that God has called us to be.
What are your priorities as you think about 2013?