When we talk about setting goals, most times, we think it is just for businesses and individuals.
Churches are not left out of setting goals. In fact, your church should set new goals every year to ensure progress in different areas.
If a church should set goals, what kind of goals should yours be setting for the New Year? In this post, we will be showing you some important goals that your church should consider setting for 2022. Let’s get started.
Goals Your Church Should Consider Setting for the New Year
By now, you are probably arranging your calendar, theme, and budget for 2022. That’s great. Now, you need to set some goals alongside to help your church get better in the New Year. Here are a few goals that you should consider setting:
Increase Service Attendance
One goal every church should set is increasing service attendance every year. Jesus Christ commanded us to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth. If you are going to obey this command, then you should work on increasing your attendance.
Improving your service attendance is not about just stats. You need to attract people into your church to hear the gospel. What is your current average service attendance? Answer this question honestly and you’d figure out where you should be at the end of the coming year. Make sure that you have a specific number so that you can track your progress.
These are some steps to help you achieve this goal:
- Publicize services through social media and other media outlets.
- Encourage your church members to download your Church app.
- Leverage local events to publicize services.
- Host special services and invite special guests to attract visitors.
- Improve your follow-up processes.
Improve Spiritual Growth of your Congregants
Having a large congregation doesn’t mean much if they aren’t growing spiritually. The church isn’t a place for fanfare. Your church should help your congregants become better Christians and grow spiritually.
The only way to do this is to teach them to understand God’s grace and grow deeper in Christ’s truth. A sign that congregants are growing spiritually is when they no longer depend on weekly messages to grow. You should set plans in place to ensure that your congregants have access to ministry resources to help them grow. Here are some things that you can do:
- Be more conscious about preaching the gospel.
- Provide access to ministry resources through your website and a ChMS.
- Write a devotional that church members can use daily.
- Organize more bible study sessions.
Reach More People
Has your church been reaching the people in your community enough? If you haven’t, then you should work on doing that in the New Year. The people in your community should feel the impact of your church.
We don’t mean you should start a new ministry or outreach. What you need to do is to challenge yourself first then the rest of your volunteers and staff. Make friends in your community and reach out to the needy a lot more. When you set examples as the leaders, your congregants will follow suit. Meanwhile, here are some steps that you can take:
- Establish special Sunday school classes.
- Set up house fellowship meetings.
- Design outreaches to the needy in the community.
- Carry out CSR.
Commission More Leaders
Everything rises and falls on the shoulders of leadership. As your church grows, you need to commission more leaders to handle the growth. Doing this is very important since you cannot handle all the responsibilities by yourself.
With more leaders in your church, it is easier to connect to your congregation. Also, it helps you to achieve many of your ministry goals in the New Year. To commission more leaders, you need to:
- Create more opportunities for volunteers to serve.
- Treat your volunteers well.
- Lead by example.
- Conduct frequent leadership training.
- Teach more on service.
As much as we don’t like to talk about it, money is a very important part of running a church. Without funds, it is almost impossible to run a ministry. You need to increase your income for your church to thrive financially in the coming year.
While this is a touchy subject, there are a few things that you can do to increase giving in the New Year. Some of them include:
- Encourage text giving.
- Provide a Church app with a means to send in money electronically.
- Teach about giving.
These are a few of the goals that your church can set in the New Year. What other goals do you think a church can set for the New Year? Please share them with us in the comments section. Also, take some time out to read the articles on ChurchPad to improve your church administration.