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Editor’s journey


10 resolutions for a local church

ST. LOUIS — Every New Year’s Eve I promise myself I’m going to lose weight, get more exercise, spend more time with the Lord and give more to missions. Some may find these kinds of resolutions useless, but they tend to motivate me to re-examine my priorities and set new goals for the coming year.

January 4-10 has been established as the National Week of Prayer for the Assemblies of God. This is a time for individuals to seek the Lord and receive His direction. It is also a time for congregations to come together and ask the Lord what He would have them accomplish as a church body.

Here are some resolutions a local church may want to consider for 2004:

1. We will be known in the community for our compassion and unity.

2. We will be more involved in the community by having representatives attend school board and city council meetings.

3. We will encourage our pastor and his or her family — making sure financial needs are met and ensuring enough time is taken for rest and reflection.

4. We will be a people-friendly church and take intentional steps to make guests feel welcome.

5. We will provide training and opportunities for personal evangelism so more people can find Christ this year.

6. We will offer a discipleship program for new converts and make every effort to nurture young believers.

7. We will emphasize Christian education for the entire family, helping both children and adults develop a love for God’s Word.

8. We will encourage parishioners and new converts to seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

9. We will endeavor to give more to missions.

10. We will value time at the altar and cherish the times our congregation comes together for prayer and worship.

— Hal Donaldson

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