A Simple Way to Evaluate Your Ministry Every Sunday
Have you ever heard this famous quote by Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living”?
I think it’s also true that the unexamined ministry is not worth doing.
So how exactly do you know what’s going well and what’s not going well in your ministry?
Do you just go with your gut?
Do you informally ask a few people every once in a while?
It’s impossible to improve when you don’t know what needs improvement.
So what’s the solution?
Below is the simplest solution we have discovered (if you discover something even more simple, let me know).
It’s something you can do every week… just like check-in is something you do every week….or a Bible lesson.
Before we go into the solution, it’s important to keep in mind that this isn’t about adding another thing to your already overfilled plate; it’s about reminding you to keep your eyes open (or the eyes of trusted volunteers) as you go about your normal Sunday.
It’s not some big system that you have to build a framework for, have meetings about, and implement over months; it’s a small tweak you can make this week which will help take your ministry to the next level.
With that said, here it is.
It’s a piece of paper that one person fills out (you can download an editable Word file here).
It could be you who fills it out, it could be your service coordinator who fills it out (His/her basic job description is at the top of the page; you can learn more about that role in this post: The Biggest Key to Having Sundays Run Consistently Smooth), or any other volunteer you trust to give helpful feedback.
The great thing about using a form like this is you can broaden who gives feedback while putting guardrails on the specific feedback you’re receiving.
The idea is to help you, or other volunteers, keep a discerning eye open in each area of your ministry and take immediate notes on any thoughts you/they have for addressing/improving the ministry.
Using this evaluation form, you’ll have something every single week to improve on.
And as you improve your ministry every week the health of your ministry will continually improve as well.
And a continually improving ministry and health of that ministry is something we all want.
Do you evaluate your ministry every week? If so, what does that look like for you?
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