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First Things, January 2014

December 23, 2013

For a lot of us the new year means new year’s resolutions.

New year’s resolutions can be serious or silly.  We can make resolutions frivolously.  Or we can make them deliberately, inspired by a real vision of who we want to be and what we want to do in the coming year.

First Church has four goals for the current year.  (The “new year” for the church began in September).  Our church goals are:  to fully rent all the available office spaces on the second and third floor; to raise all of the money we need to finish construction of the child care center in the Carolina Severance Manor; to grow our membership toward our long-term goal of 120 members, and to develop new lay leadership by harnessing the wisdom of former lay leaders.

These goals are clear and specific.  Each goal has a defined measure of success.  And the goals cover several different areas of church life.

What intentions do you have for yourself in the new year?  What would you like to achieve in the areas of money, relationships, spirituality, fun, education, career?  Could you set some specific, measurable goals?  What smaller steps could you define that will create a plan toward achieving your goals?

The final step is to create an accountability system.  Invite a friend or family member to do this goal-setting exercise with you.  Share your goals out loud with each other and offer to help.  Finally put a date in your calendar 6 months from now when you and your friend will get together again to share your progress.

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