It’s that time of year again. We said goodbye to 2020 (finally) and hello to 2021, which means it’s time to start thinking about some goals and resolutions for the coming year. With one week of the year already behind us, you’ve probably had plenty of time to decide on some personal New Year’s resolutions this year. However, we’d like to discuss some ideas about resolutions and goals for how you can become more connected with your church this year. This week’s Encounter Church blog discusses five simple ways you can work on your church life and spirituality during 2021.

Encounter Church is a non-denominational church in Denver that works to bring the community together. Whether you’re looking for age-specific church ministries, church services (online or in-person), or volunteering opportunities, we’ve got it all! Read this week’s blog post for some important church-related New Year’s resolutions and visit our non-denominational church in Denver today!

Help the Community

Here at Encounter Church, we’re all about giving back to others and getting involved in our Denver community. That’s why one of our most important resolutions for 2021 is to continue to help the community, because we could all use it.

There are many ways you could go about this, and it all depends on your personal preference. Whether you want to bring food to a neighbor, volunteer at a food bank or other organization, or donate to a local charity, anything helps. The important thing is that we are making a collective effort to improve the lives of those in our community.

Surrounding yourself with your community has lots of benefits for you, too. Not only do community members serve as a shoulder to lean on in times of need, but they also hold you accountable when it comes to your resolutions and growth.

Pray More

We can all agree that 2020 was an extremely challenging year in so many ways. And, while we’d all love to believe that things will magically improve in 2021, we can’t be sure. So, instead of dreading what’s to come or dwelling on the fact that things may not be going the way any of us had planned, let’s use this time constructively and pray more.

To us here at Encounter Church, prayer is a way to continue an ongoing conversation with God. During each prayer, we recommend you consider a few things. It may be tempting to pray for the state of the world to improve or to ask for your own life to improve, but, this year, instead of making it about what could change in your life, we want to encourage you to be more thankful for what you do have. Instead of using each prayer to ask for more, stop and thank God for what you already have. If your family is safe and healthy, be grateful, because many families can’t say the same.

Additionally, our non-denominational church in Denver wants to encourage our members to pray for others. Not only is it a recommended source of healing for yourself, but it’s yet another way you can help members of your community. Try asking your friends or family members if you can pray for anything specific in their lives so you can have a specific conversation with God.

Care for Your Spirit

After the tough year we’ve all had, many of us probably feel pretty worn out and discouraged. It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of the negativity circulating in our world right now. That’s why it’s extremely important that you make it a priority to care for your spirit this year.

Not only will doing so help you strengthen your relationship with yourself, but it will also help you strengthen your relationship with God. Again, how you choose to care for your spirit is completely up to you, as different methods work for different people. We just recommend aiming to become completely present in whatever you choose.

Avoid Comparisons

In today’s world, it can be so easy to compare ourselves to others, especially with the use of social media. This year, however, we suggest that you make it a goal to avoid comparing yourself to others as much as possible, especially when it comes to your relationship with God.

Each person has a unique relationship with God, and that’s absolutely okay. Just because someone chooses to worship or do things a little differently than you, doesn’t mean that your relationship is any less meaningful. As long as you are working to strengthen your relationship in ways that feel right to you, you’re doing all you can do. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Set Aside Time to Read the Bible

Staying connected with the teachings of God is critical to spiritual growth. This year, we suggest carving out some specific time to sit down and read the Bible. There doesn’t have to be a specific way you go about it, as long as you’re spending some intentional, uninterrupted time with the word of Christ.

Whether this be every day or once a week, that’s up to you, but aim to make it more than just an occasional occurrence.

When you do sit down to read the Bible, really immerse yourself in it. Remove distractions so that you can focus your undivided attention on what’s in front of you. If this means going into a quiet room and shutting the door or turning off your cell phone, we encourage you to do so.

Join Encounter Church

It’s our hope that 2021 brings endless blessings and positivity. We believe that if you stick with these resolutions throughout the year, you’ll feel more fulfilled and improve your relationship with God, regardless of other events that are occurring.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of our non-denominational church in Denver, reach out to our staff today. We’re excited to welcome you in and grow with you as the year progresses. Happy New Year, Denver!