A Simple Process for Making Family Ministry Goals You Can Control in 2017

Did you have goals this past year?

Did you accomplish them?

Was accomplishing them even within your control?

My answers are: Yes, No, and No.

I made goals that weren’t in my control, and I didn’t completely accomplish any of them (go figure).

For example: I wanted to grow by 20%.

But I don’t control whether a guest comes to our church or not, that’s a decision that someone other than me makes.

So we missed the goal, everyone ended up discouraged, and it was my fault because I made a goal outside of our control.

So going into 2017, we decided to make goals that we could control and accomplish.

Here’s the 5-steps we used.

1. Pray

We felt kinda stuck in our ministry.

We were doing a lot of things, but not seeing many results.

So we kept going back to the table and brainstorming what the next move should be.

We’d come up with an idea, test it out, and arrive back at square one.

I was talking about this with a friend about this, and they challenged me on how we were doing things.

Basically they said, “It sounds like you’re doing all the right things, but not seeing results. Maybe it’s time to ask God what he wants you to do; instead of relying on yourself and doing what seems like the next logical move.”

Talk about convicting and challenging.

So instead throwing our own goals around about 2017, we went to God and asked him what he wanted us to do.

2. Listen

Hearing can be really hard.

The hard part for me is that I’m an impatient person (and if I’m brutally honest, at times I lack faith that God will actually speak).

But sure enough with patience and a little bit of faith, God began to bring scriptures and thoughts out of our prayer times.

3. Set Goals

Once you’re confident you’ve heard from God, now is the time to set goals.

We felt that God was really leading us toward 1 singular goal for 2017.

After we discerned the goal, we sharpened it by making sure it was very specific, within our control, and easily measurable.

4. Create Measurements

By create measurement, I don’t mean you should just be able to track your goal; I mean that you should be able to personally (as a team) have the ability to control whether it’s accomplished.

The way someone described it to me is that there are lag and lead measurements.

Lag measurements are things you can’t control (we had 10 guest families this month; you could measure the number but you couldn’t control whether those families came or not).

Lead measurements are things you can control (we are going to send out 1,000 postcards, and make 250 personal phone calls to unchurched families in our community this month).

Whatever your goal, make sure you can directly control whether it’s hit or not.

5. Track Progress

If you don’t keep the goal in front of you frequently, you won’t accomplish it.

You need to see the goal on a weekly basis, whether that is having it on a sheet of paper on your desk, putting at the top of your to-do list every week, or setting a weekly reminder in your phone.

And the greatest thing about this step is that if you set a specific goal with a lead measure, the tracking will actually become an encouragement instead of a discouragement because you control the outcome.

How do you set goals? Leave a comment!

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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