Podcast Episode #364
Pastors and church staff are often evaluated poorly. This often stems from a lack of clarity as to what the job actually entails. So today we walk through a post from Chuck Lawless on mistakes churches often make when evaluating pastors and staff.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Everyone needs evaluating in their job.
- Usually people evaluating the pastor do not see what happens day to day.
- Metrics should not be all that a pastor is evaluated on.
- Don’t evaluate a pastor or staff just on the basis of growth and giving.
- Staff evaluations are not just for telling someone what they are doing poorly.
- Your family is your first line of ministry.
- Pastors, when was your last gospel conversation?
The ten mistakes we cover in this episode are:
- Not evaluating the pastors at all.
- Evaluating without established expectations on a written job description.
- Evaluating them only when the church is struggling.
- Evaluating on only the basis of growth and giving.
- Including uninvolved church members in the evaluation process.
- Emphasizing only the negative.
- Pointing out concerns, but offering no helpful corrective steps.
- Evaluating on the basis of hours in the office.
- Failing to ask about the pastors’ spiritual walk.
- Failing to check out available resources for evaluation.
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