As we begin a new month, many pastors and church leaders are reflecting on their priorities and considering ways to improve their ministry. Setting goals for your church can be a powerful tool to help you and your team stay focused, organized, and on track.
However, some may view goal-setting in the church as a secular or business-oriented approach, rather than a biblical one. In this article, we will explore the benefits of setting goals in your church and provide five suggestions for goals to consider as you plan for the month. By prayerfully setting achievable goals, you can help steward your resources well, inspire and equip your leaders, and better serve your congregation.
1. Plan for Evangelism and Outreach
As a church, one of your primary goals should be to share the love and message of Christ with those who do not know Him. Creating a strategic plan for evangelism and outreach can help your congregation focus on reaching more people with the gospel. This can involve hosting community events, engaging in door-to-door outreach, or partnering with local organizations to meet the needs of your community. By prayerfully seeking God's direction and guidance, your church can develop a plan that aligns with your mission and values, and that empowers your congregation to share the hope of Christ with others.
2. Increase Your Worship Service Attendance
While numbers should never be the sole focus of a church, increasing worship service attendance can indicate growth and engagement within your congregation. Consider setting a goal to increase attendance by a certain percentage, and then develop a plan to make that goal a reality. This could include inviting friends and family to church, improving the quality of your worship service, or creating a welcoming environment that encourages people to return. By setting this goal, you can help your church grow both spiritually and numerically.
3. Create a Sense of Community
Creating a sense of community within your church can help members feel valued, supported, and connected. Consider setting a goal to increase the number of people involved in small groups or Bible studies, or to improve the quality of those existing groups. This could involve training leaders, providing resources, or even creating new groups based on common interests or needs. By connecting people in the community, your church can foster deeper relationships and create a culture of care and support.
4. Train New Leaders:
Investing in the personal and professional growth of your church leaders can help ensure the long-term success and sustainability of your ministry. Consider setting a goal to train a certain number of new leaders this year, whether through mentorship, classes, or leadership development programs. This can help ensure that your church has a strong foundation of leaders who are equipped to serve and guide the congregation for years to come.
5. Priotize Giving More:
As a church, it is important to be good stewards of the resources that God has entrusted to you. Consider setting a goal to increase giving by a certain percentage, or to develop a plan for responsible financial management. This could involve creating a budget, setting financial goals, or even providing financial education to your congregation. By prioritizing stewardship and financial responsibility, your church can ensure that its resources are being used to further the Kingdom of God and to serve the needs of your community.