New year’s resolutions can be fools’ good, promising things you know they can never deliver, but the start of a new year also gives worship leaders a chance to commit to new or continued patterns of behaviour to help us as we lead our congregations in worship.
We can commit to all kinds of things – some frivolous, some meaningful, some life-changing – but here are three new year’s resolutions that will bring guaranteed results to the life of every worship leader and the churches they lead.
- Resolve to read
I’ve written before about my commitment to reading and I definitely hold to the “leaders are readers” mantra. Reading opens new possibilities, wires our brains in new ways, allows us to think critically about established patterns of behaviour in our lives. If you read, resolve to continue that and read more in 2013. If you don’t normally read, resolve to read a few books this year. Check out my list of books that I think every worship leader should be reading.
- Resolve to connect
Ministry is hard and it’s harder when you try to do it on your own. I’ve committed over the past few years to commit with other worship leaders across Canada (listen to the WorshipRises EP and hear some fruit that’s come out of these relationships) and around the world. Twitter is great for that but nothing beats sitting down with someone over a meal and just talking about life. Resolve to do this at least a few times a month – reach out to some people who are in the trenches with you and get plans for lunch on the calendar.
- Resolve to pray
You cannot do this in your own strength. You can’t. Thinking you can is prideful, deceitful, dishonest and just plain wrong. You can’t. You need God. You need His strength, His mercy, His word, everything. You need Him. Resolve to pray more in 2013, pray more passionately, pray more expectantly. Pray for your pastor, pray for the people on your teams, pray for your congregation, pray that the Spirit of God would move mightily in your church and community in 2013.
Have you got some things you’re committing to in 2013? Anything you’re resolving to see happen in your life?