Christ-likeness demands that we put the focus on Him and keep it there. We look to the Lord as our standard, source of strength, motivation, and means of maintaining unity. And, we point others to Him as well. If we are not careful, we can easily lose that focus in staff evaluations.
The Right Focus in Staff Evaluations is that which is Centered on Christ:
1) Measure against the right standard.
The goal we should desire for all ministry workers is that they serve with Christ-like attitudes and actions. Are your expectations in line with who He is and how He would have people serve or do you expect them to serve in accord with your preferences or idiosyncrasies? — “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Phil. 3:12) — “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20) — “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” (1 Jn 2:6)
2) Promote the right motivation.
If we don’t use the right standard, it will be much easier for motivation to be off as well. When we measure against our own standards, it becomes about people pleasing us, doing what we expect. However, when the objective is Christ-likeness, it becomes more about pleasing Him, doing what honors Him. — “So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” (2 Cor. 5:9) — “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Gal.1:10) — “Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.” (Eph. 5:8b-10) — “live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way” (Col. 1:10)
3) Encourage change by looking to the right source for strength.
We need to guard against making staff evaluations appear to be promoting a self-improvement program. We don’t want people serving in their own strength so it is very important to make it clear that it isn’t about self-effort but rather reliance on the Lord. — “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:13) — “I (Jesus) am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (Jn. 15:5) — “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Pet. 1:3)
4) Find the right means of unity in the Lord.
For staff evaluations to be of any benefit you must sometimes deal with unpleasant issues. You might not always agree with one another. Consequently, if not careful, attitudes could go awry and reactions could be anything but Christ-like. As a leader, it is your responsibility to keep bringing the focus back to Jesus wherein we are able to maintain oneness despite our problems and differences. — “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” (Eph. 2:14) — “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph. 6:11-12)
If, as the evaluator, you keep your mind and heart focused on Christ, you will avoid some of the misuses of staff evaluations. If people being evaluated also keep their minds and hearts focused on Christ, they will be more likely to come away from a staff evaluation encouraged and eager to serve.