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Who Evaluates the Pastor? - Who is Worthy?!?

As a consultant for Church Business Administration for a State Convention, I get this question very often. Most of the questions come when training Personnel Committees or discussing Personnel Policy and Procedure Manuals. When I get this question, I always answer with a question – who is worthy? Who could/can really give a fair evaluation of your pastor’s work? Most every church member could give their input (two cents worth), but would it be adequate and fair? No! Even an assigned group like the Personnel Committee would have difficulty in adequately and fairly assessing the work of the pastor.

What I am speaking about is Stewardship; Stewardship of the worker, as found in Matthew 13 and 25. Jesus’ teachings here reflect on expected production and investments of talents to be productive, fruitful workers. Jesus thoroughly rails against slothful, lazy, poor workmanship.

Churches should remember, when doing any evaluating, that they evaluate the WORK of the employee, NOT the employee. The periodic evaluation should fit the needs of the church. Evaluations should be done by the supervisors of personnel – which is simple in most cases; with exception to the pastor. So, who supervises the pastor? Again, I answer with a question – who is worthy?!?

This writer firmly believes everyone, including the pastor, needs to be accountable for the work they do in ministry. As ministers, we should be first accountable to God, He called us into this role and He expects us to use our best stewardship to carry out the work of ministry. Accountability works two ways in ministry between the pastor and the church, and the mission God is giving to each and every participant.

Who evaluates the pastor? Everyone does – after first evaluating themselves, and the church and its mission. Here is how you do it:
  1. Churches need to have Vision and Purpose statements that are actualized every year. The Organization and Budget should support the Vision and Purpose.
  2. Churches need to call pastor and staff who support, and help function, the Vision and Purpose of the church.
  3. Key leadership and organizations must focus on the Vision and Purpose so all efforts are facing a common venue (Acts 2:42-47).
  4. Plan to reach the Visions and Purposes; make sure everything focuses that way.
  5. The pastor must then yearly evaluate staff and organizations to see how successful the church has been in reaching the Visions and Purposes.
  6. Yearly, the pastor reports his findings and evaluates himself and fellow church members in a “State of the Church Address” as to what kind of steward they have been. This should be evaluation enough to see past successes or future challenges.
Who evaluates the pastor? Are you a worthy steward of your church’s Vision and Purpose?!? Evaluate yourself first, evaluate the work of ministry second, and then evaluate your church as a visionary!

Robert Grant

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