A New Year

Posted on January 8, 2015

Happy New Year! I know it’s a few days late but I feel like my new year just “officially” started yesterday. It was the first day back in my office after: a hybrid paternity leave for the birth of our third child Cecil, the Advent season, and holiday busyness/fun with family. I’m excited to see what’s in store for 2015 and thought I’d share some of those things as well as a few of my goals for the new year and “word” for the year.

One of the most anticipated events of 2015 is relaunching Sunrise, which is currently the 2nd campus of Castleton UMC, as a new, separate United Methodist church on July 1. That gives us 173 days to make sure our ducks are in a row, or at least moving in that direction.

Over the past few years I have picked a word to focus on throughout the new year. In 2013 my word was create, which led to the creation of this blog. Last year my word was engage, which provided some meaningful connections and opportunities. My word for 2015 is MOVEMENT. Here’s how I’m thinking about it…

I want to physically MOVE by being more active as I focus on exercise and health. It’s easy to use being tired as an excuse, especially when you have a 4, 2, & almost 3 month old. My goal is to average 5hrs/week of moving. (And drink way more water)

I want to MOVE outside the walls of our church into the community and get to know more people. I’m going to find a few places to hangout and do work outside my office. My goal is to do this at least once a week for a couple hours.

I want to MOVE deeper in the practice of spiritual disciplines. I especially want to spend more consistent time reading, studying, and praying. Not just scripture but also the classics of faith. My goal is to read at least 25 books in this new year. Some will be books I’ve read before, others will be books I should have read already, and others will be new to me altogether.

I will be encouraging and challenging us as a church to focus on MOVEMENT. What will it look like for us to move about our communities, neighborhoods, workplaces, & schools? How can we be a church on the MOVE? How will we not simply be a church but a MOVEMENT as well?

It would be great to hear, share, and encourage one another in this new year. What are your goals for 2015?