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How to Evaluate Church Leadership

As part of my personal value of wisdom, I seek to grow in understanding of myself, my personal calling and life’s real purpose. One of the ways I do this is to ask the people I lead to evaluate me on an annual basis. This post introduces the church leadership evaluation form I have developed.

A Church Leadership Evaluation Form

I first came across this idea in a post by Ron Edmondson. He set up an anonymous Survey Monkey church leadership evaluation form for his staff and asked them to evaluate his leadership. He asked them to be truthful and respectful in their responses. He discusses those responses with them over lunch a few weeks later.

His post lists the ten questions he uses, most of which he repeats every year, and one which focuses on something he has worked on particularly in the past 12 months. He even lists the responses he received for the year when he wrote his post. Very brave!

How I Implemented It

When I arrived in my first appointment (Salvation Army church), I implemented the same church leadership evaluation form. As a fairly small church of around 30-40 members, I invited all members to evaluate me. Here are the ten questions I asked:

  1. What am I currently adding to the X Salvation Army? What do you see as my strengths?
  2. What is my greatest weakness? Where do you think I still need improvement?
  3. Knowing my skills, where should I be placing more of my attention these days?
  4. What do you need from me that you are not currently receiving in the way of leadership / direction?
  5. Do you feel I have your best interest at heart?
  6. Do you feel comfortable bringing problems to me? If not, why?
  7. If you had my job, what would you do differently?
  8. In the past year I’ve tried to be more relational, taking time to talk with individuals rather than busying myself with tasks. Do you sense any improvement?
  9. Describe what you like and don’t like about the work atmosphere at X Salvation Army.
  10. What would you like to say to me or what questions do you have for me, but you haven’t said them or asked them, for whatever reason?

Question 8 is the unique question for that year.

Running the Church Leadership Evaluation Form Again

After the first year at that Salvation Army centre, I entered William Booth College to be trained as a fully commissioned and ordained Salvation Army officer, and I began to be evaluated in many different ways on a regular basis. But I repeated the church leadership evaluation form exercise in 2016.

Following the responses received from the earlier evaluation, I asked an additional question concerning the responder’s connection with X Salvation Army, as I had recognised that different answers might be received from say a local officer (church elder), a member (soldier or adherent) or volunteer. This helped evaluate the responses I received. I also added multiple choice to those questions that merited it (for example, Question 6: A great deal/A lot/A moderate amount/A little/Not at all). The “unique” question remained the same – I clearly had more to do in seeking to be more relational!

An Invaluable Insight into my Leadership Journey

I have found the exercise invaluable in helping me to continually evaluate and improve my leadership. So much so, that having been in my current Salvation Army appointment for just over twelve months, I am preparing to use the church leadership evaluation form again. This time, because the church is larger (120-130 members), I plan to ask our senior leaders to evaluate me.

Maybe I’ll let you know how I get on!

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