#4 Top Ten Things I Learned in Seminary – Self-Evaluation is Crucial in Ministry

#4- Self-Evaluation is Crucial in Ministry

Being an honest evaluator of yourself is a key to building a solid foundation of ministry.  You need to be honest with what you are good at, what you’re not so good at, and where you can improve.  Self-Evaluation needs to be well rounded as a youth pastor and needs to reflect on your performance on many levels.  Below I will list some suggestions to doing a comprehensive self-evaluation on yourself.

  1. Do it off of the job description you get.  
    1. You may need to create your own with all the hidden jobs that you also need to do.  Even if they aren’t on the official list, it would be good to verify with your boss which are real and which are not.  
  2. Define core areas of ministry that you need to focus on.  
    1. Ministry
      1. How are you getting the youth to be better ministers?
      2. What could improve?
    2. Worship
      1. How are you getting the youth to be better worshippers?
      2. What could improve?
    3. Fellowship
      1. How are you getting the youth to be better fellowshipping?
      2. What could improve?
    4. Missions
      1. How are you getting the youth to be better at missions?
      2. What could improve?
    5. Evangelism
      1. How are you getting the youth to be better at evangelism?
      2. What could improve?
  3. Evaluate your communication:
    1. With your fellow staff?
    2. With your volunteers?
    3. With your students?
    4. With your parents?
    5. With your spouse/family?
    6. With your facilities staff/people?
  4. Evaluate your vision:
    1. Are you planning out into the future (more than one season, up to one whole year?)
    2. Do others know the plan?
    3. Are you selling your vision for your ministry?
  5. Your online presence?
    1. does it fit your ministry needs?
    2. are you online too much?
    3. are you billing the church for personal online/blogging time?
  6. What is the plan for students graduating into your ministry?
  7. What is the plan for students graduating out of your ministry?

Considering that not every church will give you an annual evaluation (semi-annual would be better).  However, there is a chance that the only evaluation you will get is an exit evaluation.  Them telling you how you didn’t meet their standards as they relieve you of your job.  It’s always better to know what’s coming before you get to that point.  The more reflective you can be, the less your employer will need you to be.

3 Responses to #4 Top Ten Things I Learned in Seminary – Self-Evaluation is Crucial in Ministry

  1. Jeremy says:

    This might be my favorite one on the list yet. How amazing to get loving insight from those that know you in ministry and be able to grow further.

  2. Matt Murphy says:

    You need to find the right people to give it. Sometimes those who would offer do so like a bull in a china shop. Finding the ones that can speak truth into your life is the biggest key around.

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