Meeting with staff, both paid and volunteer, to discuss their ministry can be a healthy exchange if we remember and apply the basics of life in Christ to staff evaluations. The Great Commission is one of those basics.
Principles to Apply to Staff Evaluations Based on the Great Commission
- Always reinforce how people are first and foremost accountable to the Lord, not just pleasing you.
The Great Commission begins, “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore . . .'”
- Always emphasize that the whole of their lives is ministry, not just what they do at your church.
The Great Commission commands us to “go and make disciples.” Consequently we need to be concerned about their “going” as well as their “coming.”
- Always stress the goal of making an eternal difference, not just impacting the here and now.
The Great Commission produces the fruit of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who in turn go and make a difference.
- Always clarify that you don’t expect them to change on their own.
The Great Commission ends with Jesus’ promise, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Steering the Church Toward Discipleship Leadership Guide adds some brief input for each of the above principles. It also gives a question you might ask in a staff evaluation for each of the principles.