So, this is the time of year when many are creating resolutions and reassessing what the next year should like. To be honest, I am not a big fan of resolutions since many of them are made quickly and without an action plan. However, if we can be intentional and specific and plan ahead, it is good to create some goals and standards for the coming year.
Here are 5 areas that I have taken and adapted from growingleaders.com by Tim Elmore. I ordered my areas in priority and have also given some specifics of what I am doing personally.
1. Personal / Spiritual: For me I am planning on getting up 30 minutes earlier to ensure that my devotional time uninterrupted by my early riser 3 year old.
2. Family: We just had our third child and it’s been challenging balancing family time with a newborn in the house. However, we are committed to getting back to a regular date night for myself and my wife, mommy daughter dates, daddy daughter dates, and family nights. We schedule these about once a month. We would like to do them more, (and sometimes we do), but we are in a busy season. I have found that if I do not schedule my family time, it is likely that every last minute ministry ’emergency’ will take over my schedule.
Is family just an add-on? What traditions or regular schedule allows you to spend quality time with your family?
3. Health: Being a busy ministry family, it’s hard to have time for fitness. However, both myself and my wife have already scheduled in the gym twice a week on a regular schedule. If we can work out more than that, we will be happy, but twice a week is minimum. My wife does a great job of keeping our food healthy, so it’s up to me to resist temptation at youth events…
How is health a part of your family DNA? What needs to change?
4. Friends: We have already made a good start to this one and have had a lot of friends over for dinner in the past couple of months. Being in ministry it is good to connect with friends inside and outside of ministry. Just this week myself and my best man talked about getting together regularly for breakfast. I know this needs to be a priority.
What friends are consistently in your life as a support and encouragement?
5. Financial: If you are in paid youth ministry, it’s possible that money is often at the forefront of your mind. While we can’t change the reality of what youth workers get paid, we can cut back on needless expenses. It amazes me what we do not need in our lives. Therefore, there are two things that we will be looking to do on a regular basis: First, we will continue our regular monthly ‘financial date’ where we pay bills and stay on track. Second, we will be looking to eradicate all the extra expenses that are not needed.
So, why no ministry goals and resolutions? Well, two reasons: First: I am assuming that we should all be creating goals for our ministries. Second: out the overflow of a healthy life comes a healthy ministry. When we can build a foundation of personal health and balance, from there our ministries will be impacted positively.
What about you? What expenses could you cut back on?
What would you add to this list? What are your resolutions and goals for the new year? What area do you need to work on the most?
Wishing you a Happy New Year!