Although the financial year for a church might start in January, the ministry year really starts in September. As I write this, September is just a couple of days away. Pastors should not just walk into the new ministry year blindly.
Here are five questions that pastors should ask at the beginning of the ministry year:
- What is my goal for this ministry year? What one accomplishment will make this year a success?
- What happened last year that didn’t really work and needs to be rethought for this year?
- What worked really well last year that can be built on this year?
- How is the church doing right now in fulfilling its mission/vision statement? What can be done to improve this?
- What one person in the congregation do I need to invest in and develop as a leader?
As a pastor, these questions are important to my ministry and they will be integral to what I do this year.