New Year, New Decade
By Josh Sanchez
Youth Ministry Consultant
As we enter the new year, many of us begin to think about our new year’s resolutions. And for those in ministry, you may begin to think about things to improve in the work of the Lord. If that’s you, my hope is that you will not just see this new year as another trip around the sun, but as the beginning of a new decade. What if as you planned for this year, you planned it out as step 1 of 10 in a 10 year plan? Would that make a difference in where you are going in ministry? I believe it would. Scripture is filled with examples where God uses long amounts of time to fulfill his plans. Moses was in exile for 40 years, the prophets spoke hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, we continue to await Christ’s return after thousands of years—God often has long-term plans—maybe we should too.
The difficult part about planning for the next 10 years in ministry is that we don’t even know if we’ll still be serving still. Yes, that is true, but planning long term doesn’t have to revolve around us. It should revolve around what we feel is God desire for our ministry’s future. What do you want your ministry to look like in 2030? Let’s make this next year about getting one step closer to that vision. My prayer is that God will reveal to you His will for your life and ministry over these next few weeks.