Each year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more and spend wisely. Even though many of these resolutions will fade with time, some of them will lead to long-term positive changes.

If individual resolutions can have such encouraging results, just think what would happen if an entire church committed to New Year’s resolutions!

Over the next few weeks, as you gather as a community, consider how your church could take the message of Christ into your community—and world—in new ways in 2018! With so many people holding you accountable, the chances of success are strong.

Here are three resolutions your church can make in 2018:

1. Personal interactions with at least ____ people in your community. You’ll have to choose this number as a congregation. Is it 500 people, 1,000, 10,000 or more? You don’t need to focus too much on the numbers, but commit yourselves to directly connecting with a certain number of people. You get to decide how this connection takes place: formally, informally, etc.

People will long remember a personal interaction with someone over an anonymous email inviting them to church or a doorhanger urging them to stop by the Easter egg hunt. Jesus spent a considerable amount of time interacting with people one on one. They didn’t soon forget their experience—and neither will those you engage in your neighborhood.

2. Organize a give-back opportunity. How many unmet needs are there in your neighborhood? Probably more than you can count and more than can ever be filled. Yet Jesus urged His followers to be His hands and feet.

Send your congregation out in teams—two, three or five to a team—and have them complete service projects. Anything from cutting grass to minor home repairs to grocery shopping to car maintenance … anything that involves a need your congregation can meet.

This will not only demonstrate Jesus to those in your community, but also may cause some to seek Him out.

3. It’s time to do that one big thing you’ve been talking about for so long. It could be that much-discussed expansion project or that outreach idea that’s been percolating for years or maybe it’s starting that youth ministry for area students.

Regardless of the idea, determine to take a major step in this direction in 2018. This might be a year for planning or action, but whatever it is, move forward with your big ideas so they don’t become yesterday’s ideas.

Each new year presents us with nearly limitless opportunities. Focus on a few for your church, and you can impact thousands of lives for eternity!   

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