7 New Year’s Resolutions for Missions Leaders

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It’s that time of year again when we look ahead and begin to imagine all the possibilities of a new year. We set goals and create action steps in the hopes we will be able to accomplish big things. We also set resolutions that will help us improve our lives.

As leaders, we must have goals and resolutions that not only will benefit us but also will benefit those we lead.

Here are 7 resolutions you can adopt to help you become a better leader:

Invest in your relationship with God.

The most important action you can take as a leader is to make sure you are spending time with God. It’s only through this relationship you’ll receive direction for your life. And it is how God will reveal what needs to be done in the organization or group you are leading.

Make spending time with the Lord a priority every day. Read His Word, meditate on and study what you’ve read, and ask God to show you how He wants you to use what you’ve learned.

Take care of yourself.

It is hard to be an effective leader if you are not well. Take the time to resolve health issues, and make sure you are carving out time for rest.

An overworked leader is no good to those she leads. You must recognize when something is not quite right with your health so you can deal with it as soon as possible.

Lead by example.

Be the kind of leader who will not ask anyone to do something you are not willing to do yourself. While it’s important to be a good delegator so you don’t wear yourself out, it’s just as important to show those you lead you are willing to do anything you ask them to do.

A leader who is willing to jump in and help with the not-so-glamorous parts of ministry is one who will earn the respect of those she leads and will inspire others to follow her lead.

Pray for those you lead.

Praying for the needs of those you lead can create a greater sense of community. Remembering what they are going through in their lives can help you understand how or why they are involved in missions.

Ask God to open your eyes to the needs of the adults, students, children, and preschoolers involved in missions discipleship in your church. Let Him show you how to encourage and minister to them.

Engage more people.

One thing all leaders love to see is growth in their groups or organizations. Make this the year you engage more people in what you are doing. Strategize ways to let others know about your missions groups and make new members feel welcome and a part of their group.

Engaging more people will allow your groups to do more while teaching them about missions and how to live on mission.

Mentor 1 potential leader.

While you may relish the thought of being in charge forever, the reality is there will be a day when you’ll need to hand over the reins to a new leader. Identify potential leaders and begin to mentor them.

Mentorship opens the doors to teach them about vision, processes, and strategies for being effective leaders. It is certainly one investment that can pay huge dividends in the future.

Be a better communicator.

There is always room for improvement when it comes to communication. Ask your group or organization how you can communicate better. Be open to suggestions and follow through.

Communication is key in leadership. If those you are leading don’t know or understand what is going on, they will not become active participants. Strive to set a vision others can easily understand and get inspired to help carry out.

Jennifer Booth helps women manage their time through her website, ThePlanningWoman.com. She is the treasurer for the Arkansas WMU executive board.


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