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 . . .'” All authority belongs to the Lord, not to us. Consequently we need to encourage people to “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people” (Eph. 6:7).
Get beyond your expectations to what God would expect. How does God view their service?
- 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.”
Get beyond your ministry needs to looking at the big picture. How does what they are doing affect other areas of their lives, i.e. their families, etc.?
- 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.
Get beyond the immediate objective of completing a task to the long-range perspective. How can you help make what they do more impacting on people’s lives?
- 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.” While you will provide support, their greatest resource is the presence of Jesus in their lives as their help and strength.
Get beyond using staff evaluations as a self-enrichment program to an opportunity for people to see their need for God. How can we not take time to pray together about the evaluation? How can we not use God’s Word to encourage and equip?