• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Assess one another

When we start talking about metrics or providing indicators that allow us to assess God given progress towards a vision or goal, many of us immediately assume some hidden motive behind the request.  For example, we might think:

  • Our work is going to be judged on insufficient criteria (just numerical indicators);
  • Our leaders are looking for a way to justify closing down our ministry; or
  • We as an agency are being overly influenced by business tactics

 

assessment-center1Rather than taking the perspective that others will be ‘judging us’, perhaps we could look at indicators as a healthy way to ‘assess one another’ and ‘help one another’; to work together as a global community to fulfill our purpose and vision in greater ways.

Indicators (quantity and quality) might show that there has been limited fruit in a particular ministry over the past few years.  A healthy assessment would engage dialogue over a number of questions.  The answers to those questions might reveal a limited prayer network for the ministry and a significant lack of people resources.

Do we fold the ministry?  No. We as a global community bring the resources that are lacking to this ministry, or we network the existing team to needed resources.  Any assessment reveals how a ministry is doing and what we might learn from them or how we might come alongside them with help.

4 Responses

  1. I would agree that a shift needs to take place in terms of how we as an organization, field, teams and individuals look at assessment. Too often (our annual ministry evaluation is a good example) assessments are looked at as a chore to be done one time per year, and the looked at again the following year when the AME comes around. It becomes a chore because there is no follow-up throughout the year, and I don’t believe that is the individuals fault – it falls me as the leader. Placing value on assessment comes through follow-up and the “healthy dialogue” you mentioned. If the “healthy dialogue” only occurs 1x/year – then there will be limited value. I’m still learning how to do this well, and have a long way to go. Thanks for topic – good discussion!

    • Way to go!!! Thanks for taking this seriously. Follow-up throughout the year greatly increases the value of the assessment.

      When I look back on the years that I served as International Director, the greatest gift I was given was the Board Chairman’s annual review of my performance After getting feedback from others as well as from me, he first interacted with me about my progress on my previous year’s development goals (issues). In addition to being affirmed for what went well during the year, the part I most valued was the one or two things laid out and explained for my ongoing development for the next year, that would result in benefit for World Team.

      If the annual assessment is merely a requirement to be met, it feels like busy work with little value. But if the person being assessed has a desire to grow and become more effectively used by God, they are eager to receive help. When the assessor really cares and makes a careful investment, he gives a gift of great and lasting value. Its a joy to be part of team when you feel valued.

      • Good thoughts – I’m in a team coaching seminar right now, and the presenter just said, “If you want teams to succeed, measure more often”. Seems applicable to this discussion on healthy assessment.

      • Healthy dialogue requires work on both sides. As a leader, I need to have more of a developmental mindset when I look at others and use the assessment process as a means to help that person in their growth and development. As a worker or leader being assessed, I need to look at assessment as an opportunity to learn more about myself and how others are ‘receiving’ me. Learning from that assessment will help me better serve and love others well.

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