I had the privilege of talking with my friend and co-author of Prepared For Impact Ryan Latham. Ryan shares a chapter he wrote in the book on goal setting and it is fire if you’re wanting to set some goals for your youth ministry this year.
You can pick up the book Prepared For Impact here
You can contact Ryan here
Hitting your target: Know what you’re aiming at
What are your goals this year?
Write it down
“Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald[b] may run with it. Habakukk 2:2
Example: I need more youth leaders?
Describe your perfect youth leader?
Aim Small Miss Small
By narrowing down our goals, as specifically as we can, we reduce the risk of missing those goals.
Write your prayer for this kind of youth leader
Make your target shareable. Pass it on so others can pass it on.
Start somewhere and mold as you go.
So Many Targets: Planning Events
Why does the event exist?
Write three of your events below and why they exist
Kids don’t sign up, they get signed up.
Find ways to build momentum. Reward early sign up.
Know which hills to die on. Cancel stuff that’s not worth your time and energy.
What is your ROI (Return in Investment)
Which of your events has the highest ROI?
Which of your event has the lowest ROI?
How far in advance do you plan? One month? Three months? Six months? One Year?
Take one high ROI event and make a list of every detail you need to make it the best it can be.
Moving Targets: Aligning Your Activities With Your Goals
Write down one of your goals for the year
Which actives do you have planned that are aligned with that goal?
Which activities do not correspond to any of your goals? Why are you doing it?
Draw four buckets and write one value of your youth ministry on each (evangelism, community, etc.) and make a list of activities that fit in each bucket (write them underneath)