One Word for Your Sunday School in 2015?

The New Year brings resolutions to do better in 2015. Some people even set goals for losing weight or getting their financial house in order. Some might resolve to go to church more or have a more disciplined quiet time. But most people will already have given up their resolutions by the middle of the month.

I am as guilty as anyone else. I make my goals to lose 15 pounds or go to the gym at least three times a week. I am determined to spend 30 minutes a day in prayer and Bible study. My wife and I will go on a “date” at least two times a month. When I don’t meet those goals, I get down and defeated.

Jon Gordon, one of our Leadership Gathering lead speakers a few years ago, introduced me to a new resource to help me get a better handle on my goals. I then I noticed that the United States Military Academy Men’s Basketball Team signed up for the same process. So I invite you to do the same.

The concept is simple – find one word! Yes, that’s right! Find One Word that will make an impact on your life and plan around that one word. Jimmy Page, Dan Britton, and Jon Gordon put a book together called One Word That Will Change Your Life. The response to the book has been enormous. People have discovered a new way at looking at their focus for the year. Take a look at their website at and see the resources that available for you.

I have decided my word for 2015 is Discipline. I am going to build my ministry, financial life, emotional health, work with churches, and family life around this concept. The process encourages you to use their three phases — Looked In, Looking Up, and Looking Out- to find that one word that will drive you to purposeful action for the year.

Here are some of the One Words I have seen people develop – Focus, Believe, Now, Determined, Purpose, Faith . . . and the list goes on. Your One Word will help you organize and move forward your life journey.

How about your Sunday School or your Bible study class? What resolutions or goals have you established for 2015? What is the One Word that God wants you to organize around for 2015 – Innovate, Care, Outreach, Evangelize, Study? I encourage you to find the One Word for your church. That one word could change the life of your congregation.

Ken Kessler, Leader of the Empowering Leaders Team for the Baptist General Association of Virginia, is our guest writer this week.

About tonystopic

Seeker and connector to the abundant life as a husband (to Katrina), father (to Tara & Joseph) and Field Strategist/Sunday School Specialist for the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.
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