Staff evaluations need to take into account God’s description of the Church such as what we read in 1 Peter 2:5 and 9. These verses speak of the priesthood of all believers. We are all part of His “chosen people” who are “God’s special possession.” Anything we offer to God is only acceptable to Him “through Jesus Christ” not our own merit. These verses put us all on a level plain. Further, we are members of one another (Rom. 12:4-5; Eph. 4:25) each of us “like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood” (1 Pet. 2:5).
- What this suggests is that we are all accountable to serve as His people … both paid and volunteer staff … leaders and non-leaders.
Staff evaluations need to be governed by God’s design for the Church of interdependence and relating with one another which includes a mutual submission one to the other “out of reverence for Christ” (Eph. 5:21).
- What this suggests is that a relational quality needs to be experienced among God’s people that supersedes position and should infiltrate all we do.
In addition to the content on this page, the Steering the Church Toward Body Life Leadership Guide provides some additional thoughts on these points and suggests a few steps on how to proceed with getting both the leader and person being evaluated involved in the process.