Greetings friends!

Time to dust off the old blog and get back to work, eh? When last we met, I was nervously preparing for the last step in the ordination process, standing before the Presbytery and defending my statement of faith. Since then, it turns out that the way is in fact clear, and that ordination will in fact be happening on January 8th at 3:00 at Westminster. If you're around, you should TOTALLY come by! It's going to be a big celebration of all that God has been doing in and through me through the last ten (!) years of preparation, study, and prayer. It just wouldn't be the same without you!

Currently, I'm taking a bit of time off after a really busy Christmas season. Westminster was humming, and I was excited to be a part of it. But for the next week, as much as a father of twins can relax, that's what I'm planning to do. I'm currently sitting at my branch office, Judy's Java Joint, and I'm working on some big picture thinking for the coming year. 

I've never really loved calling this process resolutions. Resolutions are a really hip and trendy thing that we do every New Years Eve, and then we completely forget about them by the time we get to January 15th. "I resolve to go to the gym every day" quickly turns into "Gah! I'm so busy" faster than you could possibly imagine. So for me, I think of it in terms of setting goals for the coming year. I've got a few in mind for my own personal goals (including writing more for the J-Blog! This thing has been ignored for far too long!), goals for each area of my professional life (Youth Ministry, Contemporary Worship, Social Media, and Generic Pastoral Ministry), and then later on we'll have a conversation around what some of our goals are for our family. I think this is a little easier than making resolutions. It's easier for me to hold on to a goal, something that can be tracked and measured, rather than sort of generic resolutions. These goals will live in my bullet journal, and migrate with me to the next one and the one after that if I get that far, so that they're right in front of me at all times. 

What are your goals for the coming year? How do you hope to stick to them?