New year and fresh start. It’s the time of the year we make unrealistic resolutions that we don’t carry through and then feel defeated then we give up. I stopped doing this a long time ago.
In student ministry this is a great time to think about where the ministry is heading over the next year and then set goals.
Are your ministry goals in line with your church’s vision and purpose?
I’m waiting to set my goals because we have an elders retreat coming up and I want to set goals that line up with the direction the church is heading in the new year. Some student ministries have goals that don’t line up with the church’s direction. Student ministry is a part of the church and not a separate entity so it should be in sync with the direction of the church.
Several years ago I learned about SMART goals. I love this concept!
Specific. A goal that is well defined and clear to anyone that may read the goal.
Make sure the steps of the goal are clear and the progress can be seen.
Do you serve with a team? Are your volunteers in agreement with the goals for the student ministry? If possible make them part of the process, if that’s not possible make sure they are well informed of the goals and their role in achieving the end results.
Will you have the resources, knowledge and ability to achieve the goal? Make sure the goal is realistic. A goal that is not realistic will leave you feeling like you failed.
Allow yourself enough time to achieve the goal. Make sure the goal has an end date. A goal that is not time-based will not receive the attention it needs to be accomplished.
What are your goals for 2017?