Looking ahead is something every healthy ministry must do to survive. However, in order for a ministry to thrive in the upcoming year, I think it's very important to look back, reflect, and debrief the past year.
1. Puts things into perspective // It's very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day. However, when you take a step back and look at the big picture, you're able to get a better and healthier grasp on what you and your team really needs to focus on for the upcoming year.
2. Help others // Learning from your past mistakes, failures, triumphs, and successful ventures makes you more knowledgeable to help someone else succeed.
3. Harnesses effectiveness // What worked? Okay, now what really worked? The only way to make something great is to improve the "good"
4. Avoids the same mistakes // If you identify your mistakes, it's pretty simple that you're less likely to repeat them!
5. Creates a sense of accomplishment // People love accomplishing things. Experts tell you to start your day and to do list with a simple, quick task. By accomplishing a task, we're statistically more likely to have a more productive day. If this is true for the day-to-day, we should probably apply this when looking ahead to the new year.