A new year! Here we are, standing at the door of 2014. How did 2013 go for you? Was it a good year? Do you wish you could live it over again? Are you just glad it’s over?

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the new year. It’s not that 2013 was bad; I’m looking forward to the new year because it’s an opportunity for us as a church to build on the past year. It’s a chance to do some of the things we didn’t accomplish last year.

How was your church last year? How many people gave their lives to Jesus? How many people are receiving Bible studies? As I traveled the world, I could see many churches growing last year, but can we do better? Of course we can!

Did the people who already belonged to Christ grow over the past year? I believe many did. Did your church members experience true revival and reformation? Can we as church leaders help them grow even more? Yes, we can!

I praise God for the great work that you, as spiritual leaders, did in your church last year. I appreciate each one of you. Each of you is gifted in a unique way to help your church grow and to help each person grow closer to Jesus.

I believe our church is on the verge of doing even greater things for the kingdom of God. What will it take for us to be able to do that? Why is it important for the church to be successful? It’s important because, every day, people—in your community, in your family, and in your circle of friends—are dying without Jesus. We must be successful; the world is depending on us to know Him.

If none of us who make up the church is successful in our walk with Jesus, the church will not win new souls to Him. If our personal lives are a mess, the life of the church will also be a mess.

A new year is waiting. What will we do with this new year? Let’s make 2014 a year we will never forget. Let’s live a life with no regrets!

Have a happy and blessed New Year!