Church leaders may find ministry assessments quite beneficial to the growth and on-going health of the church. However, the assessment process sometimes comes with issues that can divide rather than fuse a church together. The solution? Always guard the Body Life of the Church. Make sure the use of assessments lines up with God’s design for the Body.
Remember these Principles to Help You Handle Problems & Guard Body Life When Doing Assessments
Sometimes assessments are the idea of just one leader. Others may not be on board. Not everybody agrees with the need for doing assessments. How do you handle defection?
Body Life Principle: God designed the Church to be interdependent. (1 Cor. 12:14-21)
When doing assessments, you won’t always find people on the same page, doing ministry the same way or having the same opinion about how to do it. How do you handle differences?
Body Life Principle: Diversity makes us better when we let who we are in the Lord be our common identifying factor. (1 Cor. 12:4-7)
Tallying results of assessments may lead to negative conclusions. Not everybody may be doing their part, or doing it well. How do you handle deficiencies?
Body Life Principle: We must preserve the dignity of all. (1 Cor. 12:22-27)
Getting everybody on the same page of where to go with the results of an assessment can sometimes be challenging. How do you handle disagreements?
Body Life Principle: Everybody doesn’t have to agree with every conclusion but we do need to live in unity, always reconciled to one another, responding with love and maintaining peace and righteousness. (Rom. 14:12-20)
PLEASE NOTE: The Steering the Church Toward Body Life Leadership Guide also suggests how to apply each these principles in ways that guard Body Life in these different situations.