Consider These Resolutions for the New Year

How about some resolutions that can actually make a ministry leader better?

The best leadership, in my opinion, comes out of the resolve a leader has made in his or her heart.

The resolve of a leader is a pre-determined approach to way a leader will lead. These are personal convictions, values, and personally held beliefs, which shape the decisions a leader makes and the way he or she responds to others.

Ultimately a leader’s personal resolves – about anything – determine the way they respond and their actions towards it.

Most often these resolutions are made even prior to being in a leadership position.

The resolve of a leader is powerful. In fact, if a leader wants to improve his or her leadership, he or she must often improve first their personal resolve.

So, do you want to improve your leadership?

10 resolutions guaranteed to make a ministry leader better:

Never compromise character in search of progress.

Consistently walk by faith in some area of life – personally or professionally.

Pray earnestly before making major decisions and solicit advice from wise people in discerning God’s direction.

Extend grace to others generously, never hold a grudge, and realize mistakes are a part of healthy leadership (and discipleship).

Protect family and personal time – never compromising it in the name of ministry.

Make personal health a priority. As much as possible, discipline to stay as healthy mentally and physically.

Commit to growing personally in some area of life – at all times; always learning something new.

Love others unconditionally – even those with whom you do not agree.

Empower and invest in others, giving them opportunities to grow as individuals.

Surround yourself with wise and moral influencers, allowing at least a few people access to know and speak into the most private parts of your life.

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Ron Edmondson
Ron Edmondson

Ron Edmondson is the pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He revitalized two churches and planted two more.