Ministry Resolutions for a Fresh Start of the New Year

National Association of Christian Ministers

Michael Mooney, Exec. Elder 

Ministry Resolutions for a Fresh Start of the New Year



Whenever a new year
begins, the first thing which comes to mind is “resolutions.” 

Ahh . …Good Old New Year
Resolutions.

From there, I usually begin
recalling the many resolutions I forgot to keep years before… 
January promises to
ourselves have a good way of reminding us of our shortcomings, while offering inspiration
to try again by -the amazing grace of God.
The latest statistics by
Statistic Brain show that 58% of Americans generally make new year resolutions.  The top 4 categories are:

1) Personal Development;
2) Weight Loss;
3) Finances;
4) Relationships.

Unfortunately, only 9%
report feeling that they were successful in achieving their resolutions. 
But there is hope.  

Progress in keeping
resolutions:

72
% make it a week
68
% make it 2 weeks
58%
make it a month
44
% make it 6 or more months

These statistics are very
positive -if our resolutions are achievable in 1-8 weeks.

GOOD NEWS: I have a Challenge
for you, and it is for Only 40 Days! 
This means that you have more than a 50% chance of success!
Details
Over the last several
years I began writing a personal prayer that was focused on knowing God’s daily
plans and will for my life.  I figured,
knowing his plans, his direction, his grace, his favor are among the most
important factors to giving my all, and experiencing the joy of walking in the
Spirit. I call this prayer The Minister’s Alpha & Omega Prayer for Guidance. 
Recently I posted the
prayer in our fellowship of ministers.  I
was humbled by the way there was such a positive response. One minister, Ken
Osborn
especially took the prayer to heart and began praying it every day.  He began sharing of how God was engaging his
heart deeply.  Here is one of his
statements:

“For
several days, the Holy Spirit has been showing me there is a difference
between commit/committed, and submit/submitted. When I commit my life to Him that
is one thing, but to submit my will to Him may be an entirely different thing.
This piece brought all of that home for me.”

Rodger Niemeier, Exec. Elder,
and I were inspired by this which lead to the issuing of a 40 day prayer challenge.
Are you interested in:

Discovering
something extraordinary about yourself?

Experiencing
confidence instead of fear?

Encountering
the Holy Spirit’s wisdom?

Investing
in the plans God has for your life?

With such a winning outcome, just imagine the
possibilities…   
Join the many other fellow ministers who have taken
the challenge to pray the A&O prayer for the next 40 days.  Recapture a clear perspective of God’s “perfect”
will for your life.  Cross the threshold
of spiritual complacency, and awaken your “first love” through the Spirit
within you.  
People who explicitly
make resolutions, speak them out loud, and review them every day are 10 times
more likely to attain their goals.
You already have what it
takes to win!

Commemorative A&O Prayer Booklet  
Ministry Resolutions for a Fresh Start of the New Yearh





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