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Jump Starting the New Year from A-Z

Posted by Matt Postiff January 1, 2020 on Matt Postiff's Blog under Theology 

Guest post by Jansen Lorch; adapted from Pastor Van Marsceau (FBCWV)

  1. Approach your sin boldly (Ps. 51:1-13)
  2. Break down relationship barriers – if grudges exist against another person, your spiritual vitality is being sapped (Eph. 4:2)
  3. Check your motives – ministry is not about a name or status, it is not about being noticed, nor just being fed (Eph. 4:16)
  4. Don’t be lazy (Prov. 6:6-11)
  5. Eliminate Unnecessary conflict – don’t let the sun go down on your wrath (Eph. 4:26).
  6. Focus on your attitude – you have influence over the attitude of others, so check your own (Prov. 27:9).
  7. God for gains – invest in the lives of the next generation (2 Tim. 2:1-2)
  8. Have eyes to see and ears to hear – the only way to serve people is to know their needs
  9. Inspect your vessel – clean out the dross (2 Tim. 2:21)
  10. Joyful. Be joyful. Joy is experienced when we rely on the Lord and trust in His Word (Neh. 8:10; Ps. 28:10)
  11. K.I.S.S. – 15 minutes of the Word; 10 minutes in prayer; 5 minutes in silence
  12. Love Unconditionally (Rom. 12:9-10)
  13. Measure twice, cut once – think before you speak and then think again (Prov. 12:18)
  14. Never ask someone to do something that you are not willing to do yourself ( 1 Thess. 1:6)
  15. Organize. – if you don’t write things down you will never remember them.
  16. Pace yourself – don’t measure your abilities and knowledge to others. Just be faithfully obedient in the little things.
  17. Quality time with your significant other or family (1 cor. 13:4-8)
  18. Read a variety of books – Christian disciplines, biblical counseling, theology, etc.
  19. Sufficiency of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
  20. Teach the truth – don’t back down when attacked (Heb. 10:23
  21. Unplug. – spend a few hours away of social media and praise the Lord for His creation
  22. Visionary – have written goals that you want to make happen this year.
  23. Wise Counsel (Prov. 4:13)
  24. Look Away – (1 Thess. 4:3-7)
  25. Year for intimacy with God (Gal. 2:20)
  26. Zip Code – get to know those around you; the body of Christ

The idea of creating a list from A-Z of leadership qualities for pastoral ministry originated from Pastor Van Marsceau (Fellowship Bible Church,WV), and was given to the students in the Pastoral Ministry class at Appalachian Bible College. This list was recreated by Jansen Lorch, using the original format, to reflect spiritual disciplines and habits that are applicable for all Christians, both for the new year as well as at any point during the year.

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