Sometimes when doing staff evaluations issues arise pertaining to weaknesses, strengths, or even sin. Finding God’s grace sufficient can help the person work through whatever the issue.
Leaders, make helping people grab hold of that grace an important objective in staff evaluations and you’ll tend to see impacting results.
Applying God’s Grace Sufficient for Issues That Might Surface During Staff Evaluations
The following issues may need to be addressed during staff evaluations. Notice the role of grace in each.
1) People might express feelings of inadequacy due to real or perceived weaknesses.
The Apostle Paul lived with what he called a “thorn in the flesh” — a weakness that could have hindered him or brought him down had he not understood the power of God’s grace. God did not take it away, though Paul prayed for its removal. God responded instead with, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9)
Weaknesses do not need to disqualify people from ministry. When yielding to the Lord, His grace enables us to serve in ways we could never imagine despite our weaknesses. Guide people in praying about their weaknesses. Encourage them not to be discouraged but rather to take courage if God chooses to work through their weaknesses rather than remove them.
2) People might express feelings of superiority due to the type of ministry they do or because of strengths they might have.
We can look at the Apostle Paul, again, who concluded that he worked harder than others. He went on to say “yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me” (1 Cor. 15:10). He said “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.”
When hearing hints of pride, perhaps through the use of comparisons, redirect the focus to God’s grace at work in them. Help people understand how God’s grace levels the plain. We should not boast in our own accomplishments but rather acknowledge the power of God’s grace at work in and through us.
3) Someone might be dealing with a sin issue, or integrity break, not merely working through strengths or weaknesses.
The first ten verses of Titus 2 provide qualities that God’s people, young and old, should exhibit — “doing what is good … integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned …” Even slaves were to live in a way that would “make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.” Then verses 11-12 provide the means of such godly living — “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”
Help people understand that ministry comes with many opportunities to react according to the flesh if not walking by the Spirit. Stress that the same grace that saved them empowers them to serve with godly motivations, actions, and reactions. Grace moved Jesus to tell the woman caught in adultery, “neither do I condemn you … Go now and leave your life of sin” (Jn. 8:10-11). People find power to overcome when grace powerfully works within them.