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Set Your Priorities for the New Year
By New Churches Team
Consider starting the year by doing an audit of your programs. If there are ministries or programs that you need to or want to get rid of, now is the time to do it. Make sure all your ministries align with the vision and strategy of your church for this time that you are in right now. Steward the resources available to you for kingdom work.
Audit to see what happened in your ministries over the last year. If you did them pre-COVID, compare them to your post-COVID audits to see how things have changed and if you are where you want to be. What mistakes and successes can you learn from?
Being resilient, able to adapt, and flexible are key. Of course, you would have wanted everything you planned for the year to be done, but consider what the trade offs are. You probably were able to do other things you hadn’t planned for by being willing to change your plans. What can you change to allow you to be more adaptable in the future? Can your budget and ministry planning be on a quarterly basis instead of a yearly basis?
As the world becomes increasingly complex, this is our lot as leaders – to make deliberate plans as if we had control of the situation. But we must also be willing to make adjustments as we go to make sure we continue to move in the right direction. Moving into 2021, if your church has not learned to be more adaptable and flexible, that has to be your number one priority.
Adapted from the New Churches Q&A Podcast Episode 556: Priorities for the New Year. Click here to listen to more to church planting, multisite, and multiplication tips.