It’s been another incredible year for Church Community Builder and so many of the churches we partner with. At the company Christmas Party, we took a few minutes to reflect on all the blessing we have experienced and people who have joined our team. !t was humbling! I hope that your church staff has been able to stop and reflect on all the blessings you have experienced and lives you have impacted over the last year. It's an exercise that honors God and helps us all refocus on the things that really matter.
As our team prepares for the year ahead, I thought it might be fun and helpful to assemble some of the most popular content we’ve shared this year.
Within the theme of guiding church leaders to a better "how", here are 13 posts to reflect on as you consider the year ahead and celebrate the impact God has made through your church in 2013.
- Evaluate your church's ministry over the past year.
Take some time this week to measure and evaluate key areas of your ministry. Remember, you can’t manage what you don’t measure.
- Ask the right questions.
It’s important to ask the right questions when evaluating ministry effectiveness. Even qualitative metrics can be measured when you know how to ask the right questions.
- Learn from other churches.
One of the most valuable things you can do is pay attention to the innovative ideas others are implementing and consider how they might impact and improve the way you do ministry.
- Check the alignment of your leadership.
Making sure your leadership and ministries are aligned is critical for the overall growth and health of your church.
- Determine how your church's culture is impacting your ministry.
As a leader, it’s your job to make sure the culture isn’t negatively impacting your church’s ministry.
- Invest in people.
If it sounds simple, that’s because it is. Don’t forget to spend some time at the end of the year investing in the people around you.
- Don't miss out on opportunities to leverage year-end giving.
There are still opportunities to increase generosity through year-end giving this year. Another simple way you can increase generosity is by finding ways to add more punch to your contribution statements.
- Get your church technology out of the weeds.
There’s no better time than the end of the year to assess and fine-tune the tools you use in your ministry.
- Leverage technology to equip the saints for ministry.
Don’t let your church management software simply be a glorified Rolodex again next year. Make a commitment to use it as a way to equip people to become the ministry of the church.
- Maximize technology for ministry impact.
Many pastors spend time this week setting ministry goals for the upcoming year. Have you ever thought about making resolutions for your technology, too?
- Spend some time thanking your members.
Celebrate with them. Make sure they know how valuable they are to the life of your church.
- Identify the secret DNA of your church.
Our webinar with Aaron Fortner on the secret DNA of every church can definitely be a valuable resource as you look ahead to 2014.
- Embrace uncertainty.
There might be a lot of unknowns when you look ahead to 2014. Don’t let that scare you. By using uncertainty as an excuse to put off strategic decisions, you’re jeopardizing the future growth — and potentially the future existence — of your church.
What was the best thing that happened in your church this past year?