Admittedly, the usual college ministry doesn’t undergo too much relevant evaluation. Certainly, our overseers may have ways to assess our work, but sometimes those range from, “What did you do today?” to “How many students did you talk to on campus this month?” Campus-based ministers are probably the most likely to be evaluated on things that actually connect with their mission, because they’re judged by other college ministers. But even those overseers rarely know the specifics of the campus tribe you happen to be working with, right?
So unless we make self-evaluation a priority, it probably won’t happen well.
There are two sides to this coin, of course:
- First, this will mean facing some pretty harsh realities. We’re not going to like everything we find. We will be forced to improve (which is a good thing). But it’s gonna hurt.
- Our assessment won’t demand perfection or even being comparable with other college ministries. Instead, we aim for what I wrote about at the beginning of this series: Doing the best we can with what we’ve got. (Read that post here.)
Some thoughts on evaluation methods will be posted soon.
Enjoy one of college ministers’ biggest Holidays, Selection Sunday!