I’m bad at resolutions. Hopefully I’m better at goals. This past Sunday we had our first full group Student Ministry gathering with our student community at Journey Church. I knew that I wanted to share something that would inspire our students to begin this new year with a new perspective on what it takes to be in an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
The main point of my talk was that I did not want our students to rely on myself, our church, and other adult leaders in their life as dispensers of spiritual knowledge. Instead I challenged them to allow our moments together to inspire them to seek God at a new level on their own. From their I shared these points ideas centered around the idea of setting some personal spiritual growth goals for the new year:
- You have to know where you’re going before you can get there (write it down).
- Your direction determines your destination (your actions determine where you actually go).
- Share with someone. Accountability is key.
I then had each student write down some goals. Some actions steps to go with those goals. Then they shared some or all of them with the group. It was awesome!! I loved hearing what the students felt like they needed to do in order to take the next step in their personal relationship with God.
Being faithful to my own principle #3 above, here are my goals:
- Read the whole Bible (this is partly a personal desire, and partly necessary requirement for a pastoral process I am going through.)
- Study the Redemptive Story of God at a deeper level (this is a concept that I have been engrossed by lately…)
- Further develop and understand my personal theology. Some people use their theology as a weapon… I’m not interested in that. I do however feel like it is important to know what you believe, and why you believe so. I think this is an ever evolving process.
- Intentionally develop and disciple another Christ follower. Every believer should have someone in their life that they are loving on, and journeying with. It’s a calling on each of our lives.
Those are my goals for 2009. They scare me. They excite me. How about yours?