I would guess that most of us have been thinking about or have already made personal resolutions for the New Year, but have you thought about what resolutions you want to make for your youth ministry this year? This is one of things I find most enjoyable about the coming of a New Year the opportunity to reflect, evaluate and resolve to improve. I know for me this reflection has directed me to three areas in my own ministry; over the next year, I want to focus on purpose, focus on relationship, and celebrate our successes. When it comes to focusing on purpose, my youth ministry is in the process of reevaluating our mission statement. It is important to take the time to reevaluate your mission statement. Andy Stanley once said “You marry your mission (statement), and you date your model”. Take some time to get to know your spouse better. Review your Covenant; are you really doing everything you can to fulfill that mission statement? Is your mission statement realistic? Is it connected with what you are actually doing? Second, I want to focus on relationships. In youth ministry we always talk about being all about relationships, but what are we doing to facilitate healthy relationships in our own ministries? One of the things our leadership team is focusing on is a mentoring initiative. We want to see every student in our ministry connected to a healthy, caring adult. Finally, I want to celebrate the success we have because too often in ministry we can focus on the negative—the student that doesn’t come to youth group, the student who still won’t give you the time of day. I firmly believe that we should celebrate the success we experience and shout about them from the mountaintops, not to build our own ego but to point to Christ. I would encourage you to devise your own youth ministry resolutions and share them in our comment section. I look forward to hearing from you!