Occasionally we need to sit down and appraise how effective our ministry is. Paul told Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” (Col. 417) Referring to Timothy’s calling, Paul encouraged him, “Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to all.” (1 Tim 4:15)
Don’t be afraid to evaluate how well the different ministries in your church are doing. Don’t obsess, but don’t neglect examining the effectiveness of the programs your church offers. Below you’ll find my best questions to ask when evaluating ministry. You can either go through these on your own or with your key leaders.
1. What will be the criteria we use to evaluate?
2. Why do we feel this is an appropriate criteria?
3. Can we identify any weaknesses with our criteria?
4. Are we including the right people in the evaluation process?
5. With our criteria in mind, on a scale of 1-10 (one being lowest), how would we rate our ministry, or specific department?
6. What would need to happen to bump that number up one or two points?
7. What will our next action steps be?
I would recommend two to three times a year you set apart some good thinking time for the sole purpose of appraising, evaluating the different key ministries in your church. It’s difficult to know if your church is effective without objective, specific times of evaluation.
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