Jump directly to the Content

Dare to Evaluate

Your best planning tool is an honest look at last Sunday.

"Do your pastor and arts team meet weekly to evaluate your services?" It's a question I've asked in leadership gatherings all over the world, and every time, I'm disappointed by how few hands go up in response. Planning teams who routinely engage the discipline of evaluation are as rare as sunny days in a Chicago winter.

Some leaders wonder if evaluation is biblical. Others default to the lack-of-time excuse: Sundays come so regularly we must move on to the next. And then there's defensiveness: Most of us don't know how to give or receive constructive criticism without sinning! It's much safer to put last Sunday behind us and brainstorm for the next.

Here's a bold challenge: begin now engaging in a weekly process of evaluating Sunday services. Here's what you'll gain:

1. Reason to celebrate

Always begin evaluation discussions with celebration. Focus first and foremost on the good work God did through your service. Ask team members to identify moments ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

From the Magazine
Joseph’s Simplicity Was Actually Spiritual Maturity
Joseph’s Simplicity Was Actually Spiritual Maturity
God entrusted his only Son to a man who could not provide as his culture expected.
Editor's Pick
The Worst (and Best) Passage for Generosity Sermons
The Worst (and Best) Passage for Generosity Sermons
The widow’s mite story is about more than her sacrificial giving.