When we turn the page on the calendar, we often do not look back at the goals of the year before. If you’re like me, you are always looking forward. It is important to take a moment to see how well you did in the goals you set. Because what good are goals is they are set and never met. Here’s a look at how last year’s goals went, to celebrate some victories but also discuss some obstacles you may face.
- New Book! – Blessing to announce my 1st book has been published and my goal is for 1,000 copies to be sold to help people fall in love with God’s Word.
- Grade: C. Got about halfway to my goal this year. While that’s a little disappointing, how God has used the book is not. The book is now in the hands of missionaries across the world, youth groups across the country, and in the homes of dear families I care about. Even in defeat, that is an incredible victory. Feel free to check it out at http://www.bottomlinedevotional.com
- New Curriculum Plan! – Hard to believe this is my 6th year ministering at MBC, which mean a new 6 year plan will be put in place—with the input of parents, students, and research this plan will be implemented in the fall of 2017.
- Grade: A. Mission accomplished. With the help of parents, leaders, & students, I was able to produce a sparkling new 6 year curriculum to allow parents to see a plan is in place for their teenager in every year of youth ministry.
- Mentoring – Teach a 2 week Mentoring series to encourage mentoring of generations within the church.
- Grade: B-. Sure, the class went well and had great interaction. However, it’s been a slow process to see this culture happen within the church. Have I seen some growth? Absolutely. But i would love for more to catch the mentoring bug.
- Short Term Mission Trip – Due to monthly local mission project, the 3 year cycle is now work trip, out-of-state, international trip. This year we will be traveling for our work trip.
- Grade: A. What a great week. God provided for us to go work at a camp in New York. The teens worked hard, grew in their walk with Christ, and found it a positive time of unity and service.
- Life After High School Series—Special speakers to speak on after high school temptations like drugs, how to witness after high school, and leader advice for the young adult years.
- Grade: A. One of my all-time favorite student ministry series. You can check it out in detail here.
- Public School Partnership – Continue to find ways to partner with local schools to serve them and bring the hope of Jesus Christ to students.
- Grade: B-. While we have been able to have a steady presence at the high school, we have seen limited growth. And the middle school partnership has not materialized. Praying God will open doors and I’d be bold enough to walk through the opening.
- Social Media Interaction – Bolster ministry social media footprint with student leadership help and more interaction on Facebook.
- Grade: B+. Assigned a student as the social media coordinator, and seen an improvement in interaction. Still working on ways to make this even more interactive.
- Implement G.R.O.W.T.H Chart– Encourage parents to follow chart of spiritual growth for their students and provide training and help for students to reach these spiritual goals.
- Grade: B. Through parent/pastor conferences, this has come a little more alive. Still could use more improvement, but a step in the right direction.
Well, I passed 2017. Maybe not on the honor roll this year, but God certainly blessed, and I praise Him for all the victories and lessons He has taught me along the way.