A New Year is not the only time for setting goals. Whether it’s a new month, a new week, or a new day – you can set goals for yourself whenever it works for you! As Christians, it’s always good to reflect upon how we can better serve God and better point people to him.
In this blog, we’re going to be talking about three different categories of goals that I like to set for myself. You do not need to stick to these categories at all, but I hope they might give you some inspiration for Christian goals that you could set.
The first type of Christian goals that I like to set are challenges. These goals are kind of like a bucket list, once I have completed the thing, I can tick it off as done straight away. They can often be done within 1 day, or in a short time span.
These could include goals such as:
- Share your testimony
- Donate to charity
- Memorise a Bible Verse or passage
- Do a prayer walk (learn more about prayer walks here)
- Make a prayer jar (find out how here)
For 2021, I have put together a 21 in 2021 list of 21 challenges to complete – and you are very welcome to join in! Head to the challenge page here to download a checklist of these challenges. To hear more details about these 21 challenges and why I chose them, check out my video here:
Whilst my challenges goals are short and simple, I also like to set a number of bigger goals – projects that I will be working on throughout the whole year. This could honestly be absolutely anything, but for 2021 I have split these into four main categories of my life that I want to focus upon: Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Gifts, Relationships & Community, and Ministry.
Spiritual Disciplines are the biblical habits and disciplines that help us to grow spiritually such as prayer, fasting, Bible study and more. These could include goals such as:
- Complete a Bible-in-One-Year Plan
- Complete a particular devotional
- Study X books of the Bible
- Try a new method of prayer (such as using a prayer journal or making a prayer board)
Spiritual Gifts are the gifts and skills that God has given to each of us and could, for example, be: teaching, hospitality, creativity, intercession, healing, mission, administration etc. Some example goals could be:
- Take up a new voluntary role using your spiritual gifts
- Identify your spiritual goals if you don’t know what they are!
- Do some training (a course, a book etc.) to help you grow in one of your skills
Relationships & Community
Your relationships, whether family, friends, spouse, children or parents; and your wider community are so important (I wrote a whole blog post about the importance of Christian community which you can read here). Some example goals in this area could include:
- Have a weekly date night with your spouse
- Get a mentor
- Invite friends for dinner on a regular basis (when that’s allowed where you live)
Ministry is a kind of umbrella term that I’m using to refer to all of the ways in which we reach out to people outside of our immediate community. For me, that is this blog, my YouTube channel etc, but it could also be your workplace, groups that you attend, the way you parent your children and so much more. Examples of goals could be:
- Become more comfortable talking about your faith at work
- Complete a Parenting for Faith course (like this example here)
- Reach X subscribers or blog visitors
If you’d like to find out what goals I have set for 2021, or find out more about these different categories of goals, you can watch my video all about it here:
Do you enjoy reading? Or what to focus more on reading as a priority for your year? I don’t think reading goals are for everyone, but it’s something that I really enjoy and choose to set for myself as I think it will help me to read a varied and helpful selection of books this year.
Some of the kinds of reading goals you could set for 2021 include:
- Read X books (this is not meant to be a stressful goal, but something to aim for)
- Read an author from every (inhabitable) continent
- Read more books about *insert topic*
- Complete a Reading Challenge
Talking of reading challenges, Arnold has put together his very own reading challenge this year! It is a very simple challenge of 21 prompts that should fit whatever your reading tastes are whilst challenging you to read a wide variety of books throughout the year. Check out the reading challenge page here & download your own checklist to join in. You can also join in on The StoryGraph here.
If you’d like to find out what other reading goals I have set for myself this year, and some of my other reading plans, you can check out this video here:
What Christian goals have you set for yourself this year?