Bob Osborne is the director of church health for EFCA West. He is passionate about equipping, encouraging and strengthening church leaders: “Our good intentions are not enough; we actually need to implement them.”
There’s really nothing fundamentally different between December 31 and January 1, but for some reason I still get a sense that something good and new lies ahead.
Church leadership teams similarly feel a sense of newness at the start of a new year. In many churches, the start of a calendar year is also the start of a new budget—the deficit of last year is gone, and for at least one day, we are “on budget.”
New members often begin their seasons of service at the start of a new year, and some previous leaders rotate out. Preaching calendars get a fresh start when the page turns on the calendar.
So this time of year provides a natural opportunity to both look back in remembrance and look forward in anticipation.
As author John Maxwell has often said, “Experience is not the best teacher; evaluated experience is the best teacher.” Consider these ideas for a meaningful and productive time of reflection, evaluation and hope as you and your leadership team turn the calendar’s page:
The hour or so you take to walk through these questions in your December or January meeting may be the best hour you spend together all year.
This is adapted from a series of articles (“Something to Talk About”) intended to help facilitate conversations about significant issues that often are not discussed by pastors, boards and church leadership teams.