Let's start with this: I'm not one for New Year's Resolutions.
But then add this: I'm not against those who like them.
Use them, don't use them - if they work for you, great. If not, don't let that heap guilt on you. There's no biblical mandate to make and keep New Year's Resolutions (although, there are several mandates to keep your promises!).
One of the main reasons I don't make them is because I want to set personal goals more frequently than once a year. When I do my monthly planning and setting goals, I'm basically making a set of "New Month's Resolutions," whether they are personal, relational, or missional. The other reason, and now I have 2020 to back me up, is that it's so hard to see 12 months down the road.
I do have multi-year goals, no doubt, but they are goals that I assess and adjust monthly, and then I try to set goals for that month to help me make progress toward longer-term goals.
By no means am I saying you should do the same.
All of that being said, I do have some goals for 2021 for myself with respect to Grace Fellowship - you - my church family. By 12/31/21, I desire that:
- Grace Fellowship is more deeply engaged in prayer, both individually and corporately. We surely pray - my heart is for us to pray more, starting with me. "More" means more frequently, more consistently, more passionately, more focused on God's priorities, more surrendered, more reliant, more grateful, and more missional.
- Grace Fellowship is more involved in helping our community to flourish, such as partnering more with Mission Southside.
- Grace Fellowship takes the posture of "CoJourners" with those God puts in our path. Sarah Springer introduced us to the 4 roles of a CoJourner, and we'll see those terms again.
- I will have done more to invest in Grace's next generation of leaders: elders, deacons, trustees, and any manner of leader without the benefit (or burden) of a title.
- Grace Fellowship carries out its ministry more as teams than as lone rangers.
This is where I intend to press forward for 2021. My goals last year were all shelved because of COVID-19, and that's OK. Rarely have I had a year in which it was so clear what my task was.
If you have goals or resolutions or plans for 2021, I'd love to hear what they are. We learn so much about each other by knowing what our goals are, even if we have to scrap them. Just drop me an email.