Each year, my church encourages its members to walk through a basic spiritual inventory. Through a series of questions, we self-report on our own maturity and growth in our connection to community, our spiritual understanding, our faithfulness to what we’re learning from the Lord, and our service to others. It’s a cool chance for each of us to see “where we’re at,” and the church gets to see how effective it’s being in “equipping the saints for the work of ministry.”
Obviously, this sort of thing is kinda rare, and any standard “spiritual inventory” is likewise quite rare among campus ministries.
But what if you tried it? (And if you have tried something like this, I’d love to hear about it!)
We obviously don’t usually have “members” like a church does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t introduce our students to some semi-regular, semi-objective means for measuring their own growth and maturity. What if…
- each year, all your students in service or leadership positions worked through an inventory?
- each semester, you took 15 minutes in a large group meeting for an anonymous spiritual survey of everybody present?
- this was offered as an optional way for students to see their own progress?
- this took place with every student who’s plugged in to a small group?
Those are just a few variations. But how you do it will depend on why you do it. Some of those possible purposes include helping leadership recognize the strong spots / weak spots of the ministry, reminding students of the importance of continued growth in the Lord, helping students evaluate themselves rather objectively (which college students seem to need… desperately), and helping both leaders and students recognize the progress that’s been made over the semesters!
Once you identify the purposes, you can develop the what and who of the survey to match.