Goals for 2013: January Progress

Goals for 2013

I made a series of Goals for 2013

Goals were broken up into writing, personal and professional.  Below I’ll list my goals and share where they are at so far this year.

Goals for upcoming year:


[ ]        Get Published in Academic Journal.

Submitted one book review to Journal of Youth Ministries, was asked to review a second.  Also was asked to do research review for this same Journal.  This goal is moving along well.  I also want to submit an original article/lit review to AYME’s Journal of Youth Ministry or NACSW’s Christianity and Social Work.

[ ]        Post 12x Per Month to Engaging the Shadows of Youth Ministry.

I’ve written twice in January, one a review of last year and this post.  Not terribly pleased with this, but am working on some ideas to help my productivity and idea generation in this area.  I don’t want to post for the sake of it, but want this blog to do really well and focus on fostering pastoral care in youth ministry, both in terms of self-care and caring for youth.

[ ]        Complete Youth Ministry Leaders Manual.

I’ve been using Mindenode pro to help organize this project.  I like the way it is looking, it is rather big right now, but am considering using Apple’s iBooks Author to develop this project.


[ ]        Get Hired or Plan on Moving back to the Northeast.

I’ve applied to a few churches and one very exciting opportunity with Christian Union.  You should check their ministry out!   We’re also saving for a downpayment on our next house.  Not sure what our condo will do on this market, but don’t want to rely on it to succeed.

[ ]        Read through Bible.

I’ve been doing very well in this goal.  I’m working with Reading God’s Story: One Year Plan from Youversion.com.  At last count I’m up to February 27th.  About a full month ahead of schedule.  So far I’ve read: Genesis, Job, Exodus, Leviticus,  6 Chapters in Numbers and various Psalms that have been added to the plan.

[ ]        Continue wt loss goal; break through 200# barrier.

I’ve been plateauing, despite my effort before the new year and my lack thereof since, I’ve hovered between 40-50 lbs lost.  I’m hoping that getting back into the gym will kick off another spurt of weight loss.


[ ]        Recreate DenSemCISMTeam website.

The team is discussing renaming the group, so I’m not sure how quickly I’m going to move on this project until the team develops some clarity.  However, I may start some layout and figure out how to get this up and running quickly once it does happen.

[ ]        Complete NIMS ICS 100 http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp

I haven’t focused on this goal recently.  It’s still there and will need some dedicated study to complete.

[ ]        Complete NIMS ICS 700 http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp

I haven’t focused on this goal recently.  It’s still there and will need some dedicated study to complete.

[ ]        Complete 1-2 Sermons per Month.

I’m playing around with a sermon on Philemon.  I think I’m almost set to actually write it out, the parallel of redemption and reconciliation in this story and the first act of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost are striking, I will be looking more into the parallelism.

 I’m Curious, How are you doing with your Goals for 2013? Resolutions?

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