Today’s challenge is to evaluate your ministry leadership. You may want to get some of your team to help you do this because sometimes when we are in charge of a ministry, we don’t see things other people do. Evaluation and change are sometimes painful, but it you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Don’t make excuses while you’re doing this. Instead use this process to grow. Here are some steps you can use to evaluate your ministry.
Pray: Ask God to show you what you’re doing right and what needs improvement.
Lives of Your Students: Are they growing in their walk with God? If not, why not?
Goals Being Met: What have your ministry goals been in the past? Are you making progress toward them, or have things stagnated?
Faithfulness: Evaluate your life. Are you doing what God has commanded of you? Do you know what He wants you to do or are you going through the motions? What is your spiritual walk like right now?
Programs: Evaluate every program in your ministry. Be ruthless. What is effective? What is not effective? What needs improved or fixed, and what needs to end? Also make sure every program in your church meets one or more of the purposes listed at the end of this post.
Organization: Do you put things off until the last minute? Are you a Saturday night wonder when it comes to preparing for Sunday? Have you cancelled events or programs because you didn’t plan them in time or forgot about them until it was too late?
Impact: What impact have you had on your students… your congregation… your team… your community? How can you increase that impact?
Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
While you are evaluating, consider that there are five purposes for ministry according to Acts 2:42-47.
Evangelism: If people aren’t committing their live to Jesus Christ, nothing else matters. This fulfills the Great Commission, “Go into all the world…”.
Fellowship: Ministries without a connection between people are not effective. Plan events with ideas to connect the body of Christ to each other so they can fulfill the part of the Great Commandment by loving their neighbor.
Worship: We need to provide meaningful opportunities to worship and honor God. This fulfills the Great Commandment to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.”
Discipleship: Getting saved is only the first step. The next step of fulfilling the Great Commission is to make disciples.
Ministry: Discipling is not enough. We need to mentor students to go out and do the ministry of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.