Evaluating Ministry: The Real Questions
Previously in this space I shared some helpful questions to ask when evaluating ministry programs and events. I also shared that those questions were not the most important ones to ask. Today, let’s explore the real questions that we need to ask.
While programs and events are nice tools to use, and they will help you facilitate opportunities for teenagers to encounter God, we need to go deeper when evaluating our ministries. We need to ask “How am I doing as a minister of the Gospel?”
We can prepare the best messages, object lessons that get teens thinking deeper, and create music sets that will tug at adolescent heartstrings. But the truth is that our teens will learn more from us by observing our own faith in action. Are we modeling the things that we are teaching? Do we take every opportunity to share Christ with the world around us? How is our prayer life? Our time in Scripture?
In short, how does our faith inform and impact our life? Or is it something we have placed into a compartment that only gets opened on Sundays and Wednesdays (or Tuesdays, or Thursdays). Are we trying to train our teens and ask them to do things that we are not willing to do ourselves?
This is the real heart of the matter. Our ministries are only as effective as the people leading them. Anytime we evaluate our ministry, we need to make sure that we take a hard look at ourselves in the process.