We are blessed with some of the greatest, most dedicated individuals and ministers in LifePoint Ministries. In 2020 together, you continued to make a difference, adapting to change, and moving ahead with ministry. You are amazing. Thanks for your leadership!
Now that 2020 is behind us, and the pandemic is still lingering around, many church leaders are hesitant to plan for the future. Recently, I have been asked multiple times, “How do I plan for 2021?”
Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” For me, as a pastor, always failing to plan created more stress, and less successful ministry events. Both Jeremiah 29:11 and Ephesians 2:10 implies that God planned for us a long time ago. God was and is a planner!
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT
Many have stated, “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” For me planning is essential. It takes discipline and determination to plan for tomorrow. But planning will also give us a path and a purpose for tomorrow. It will provide hope for a better tomorrow!
So, how do I plan for 2021? Here are a few suggestions:
•Begin by prayerfully looking through your 2021 calendar, planning on what you know, and not on the fear of the unknown.
•Be proactive in marking the dates for certain events, church services, goals for 2021. If you are unsure of the details, at least reserve the dates for those ministry events.
•Create a timeline to complete details and promote ministry events.
•Build a calendar that welcomes flexibility, making changes when necessary.
•Consider new ways you can reach your community with the gospel.
In LifePoint Ministries we have the dates set for the following events.
•Global Mission Meals – Feb. 22-26, 2021
•Kingdom Life Conference – June 9-12, 2021
•LifePoint Annual Conference – Sep. 11, 2021
Talk with me about other opportunities in your area to be involved in ministry, or connecting with other pastors. I hope that we can all get together soon for a time of celebration. If any of the events need to be virtual only, we will let you know as soon as possible.
You are loved and appreciated!