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Leading In the New Year [Audio]

As a Pastor, I’ve always gotten excited about January 1. Everybody is busy at Christmas and while it’s a great time for outreach, it’s also a great time to get distracted from kingdom growth. January provides a month when people are calming down, seeking peace, and making fresh starts and new commitments. It’s the perfect time to challenge a congregation to go forward.

I’ve recorded about a 6 minute audio talk about leading in the new year, casting vision, and setting an agenda for forward progress.


I would love to hear your thoughts about leading a congregation around January 1. If you’re a leader, how do you lead? If you’re a member of a church, how do you respond to leadership around the new year?

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  • Benjer McVeigh

    Great thoughts. Each new year (actually, in December), I set priorities for the following year–sort of like the new year resolutions you mention. People’s minds are so fertile because of the freshness of the new year, and it’s a great way to say, “These things will be important for us this year.” I find that people are ready for direction at the new year, and It’s cool to see people excited.

    • Brandon Cox

      Yep, and then we have to remind them all year long, for as Andy Stanley puts it, “vision leaks!”

  • Prem

    Thank you for these inspiring thoughts.

  • Scott Couchenour

    Great thoughts for pastors here. Your tips were very helpful and down to earth.

    And nice audio venue. Felt like we were sitting together on a park bench chatting.

    • Brandon Cox

      That’s cool to know. I was actually just sitting on a park bench chatting all by myself. I’m glad you received it better than those joggers…

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