Archives For November 2011

Mid Year Evals Part 2

November 30, 2011 — 3 Comments

Yesterday I laid out the three evals we do every December:

  • Evaluating the Quality of Your Discipleship
  • Ministry Evaluation
  • Personal Evaluation
I gave an overview of the Discipleship eval yesterday.
The Ministry and Personal Evaluation have been pieced together from a few sources but I think most of the content originates with Chris Newport – the Cru Director at Texas Tech. Below are the overview and links to download each of those Evals (feel free to adapt them and make them your own).

Ministry Evaluation

For years we spent the first day of December planning slogging through a team eval of the movement. One year, in a stroke of genius, we thought “why not make the most  of our time together in Planning and have everyone do an evaluation of the movement on their own?!” Individual evals also help internal processors and introverts contribute when in group Eval they’d normally just sit quiet.

So here’s what we send out about a week before planning starts (click here to download the Word Document).

Health of Movement

What do you feel are strengths of our ministry at Arkansas?

What do you feel are the weaknesses of our ministry at Arkansas?

Our critical path steps for the semester were:

1. Creating Relational Unity in a Growing Movement

2. Focus on our Community Group Leaders

3. Increasing Student Ownership Through Empowering and Encouraging

Are we closer to realizing our objectives now we were a semester ago? How?

Where have we gained (including but not limited to those critical path steps)? Why?

 Where have we lost ground (including but not limited to those critical path steps)? Why?

Are we continually pointing staff and students to Christ and His gospel through our movement activities? If so, how? If not, how can we grow in this?

Are we seeing the students in our movement grow in embracing the gospel as their life? If not, how could we cultivate this more?

Planning for Spring

Are there any critical path steps that could leave the path because they have been fully accomplished? And new steps that need to be added?

As you look at how staff and students spend their time every week, what needs to change for the sake of effectiveness?

What specific steps could we take to give students more leadership/ownership/responsibility?


What area do you need/want to be developed in?

How could we improve in directing the team/movement (in terms of how we do staff meeting, leading the team, meeting one-on-one, etc.)?

 How are we doing in our team relationships? What could improve?

 Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

Personal Evaluation

This personal eval used to be included with the Ministry Eval but in an effort to streamline (and thus make it more likely that Staff will actually do it!) I broke into a separate Eval that can even be done as you meet with staff one-on-one for an end-of-semester feedback. It’s nothing special and it’s really short. So they fill this out (even as they sit across the table) and then we talk through why they rated themselves as such.

I’ve found that it has made end-of-semester staff feedback easier as sometimes they self-identify issues you would have brought up anyway. Here it is (click here to download the Word Document):

Rate yourself on a 1-5 scale in eight competencies:

Initiative –

Team player –

Organization –

Follow-through –

Communication –

Integrity –

Productivity –

Attitude –

Rate (from 1-5) your:

Job performance –

Job satisfaction –

Your walk with God –

Your enjoyment of your job –

What have you enjoyed most this semester?




What has been difficult for you this semester?




Pie Chart – fill in what percent of time is spent on:

1) Admin (e-mail, etc)

2) Discipleship

3) Evangelism

4) Prep (M29, studies)

5) Bible Studies

6) Prayer

7) Staff Job

8 ) Staring at the Wall

9) CRU and M29

10) Staff Meeting/ Development

Is there anything about your roles/responsibilities that you want to change for next semester?


I’d love to hear what you use for Ministry and Personal Evaluations at the end of the semester. What have you found to be effective?


photo courtesy of cimmyt

Mid Year Evals

November 29, 2011 — 2 Comments

As we head into the final weeks of the fall semester in college ministry, it’s a great time to step back and evaluate.

I wanted to share a few resources that have been helpful for our team as we seek to figure out, as Stephen Covey says, if we have set our ladder against the right wall.





There are three evals that we do every December with our team:

  • Evaluating the Quality of Your Discipleship
  • Ministry Evaluation
  • Personal Evaluation

I’ll link to the Ministry and Personal Eval tomorrow.

Today, here’s an overview and link to the Discipleship Eval.

Evaluating the Quality of Your Discipleship

(click here to download the Word document) 

I believe this eval was developed by Roger Hershey. This tool is invaluable in evaluating two very important things:

Are we (staff and student leaders) doing the

1) Right Things with

2) The Right People?


Our staff and student leaders sit down and do the first part of the eval with every student they disciple (addresses the Right Things) – the student they are discipling is evaluating them:

How would you evaluate me in the three areas of discipleship:

1. Feeding them the Word          1 2 3 4 5

2. Building a relationship with them          1 2 3 4 5

3. Training them in ministry          1 2 3 4 5

What is the best thing we did or you experienced in our discipleship together this semester?

What do you wish we could change or what could I do better?


The second part of the eval is for each of our staff to do on their own as they evaluate whether they are investing in the Right People.

1. Which of your disciples is presently multiplying ?

2. At the end of the year, how many potential multipliers will you be replacing yourself with?

3. Of those who are not multiplying, what are the barriers?

Lack of desire, no vision or heart for multiplication

Lack of Biblical conviction about discipleship

Just too young spiritually (need time to grow)

Unable to emotionally or socially

Does not want to (opposed to multiplication)

Lack of Lordship with their time, a relationship, etc. (unwilling to die to self)

Legitimately can’t because of time (work…)

Called to another ministry

Lack of walk with the Lord

 [As a team we talked through which of these are “deal breakers” – I’ll leave that up to you and your team to decide that!]

4. What can you do to help them overcome the barriers?

5. Are there any changes you need to make in your multiplication chain?

Students who are not following through on a commitment they made

Students who do not want to multiply or do not want to be a part of the movement


What Evals do you use on your team? Would love for us all to share the wealth!


image courtesy of kanelstrand



It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

That’s right – it’s Best Music of the Year time.

Time for everyone to start releasing their Best of 2011 lists.


I’ve been working on my two lists: top albums and best songs of 2011 – but it’ll be a few weeks before I get them all in order.

To get you warmed up, here’s my “top 50 songs” lists from 2009 & 2010 (as a playlist on the free music service Spotify):

Best Songs of 2010

Best Songs of 2009


Here’s a list of some albums I’m considering for best albums of 2011 (in alphabetical order – click to open in Spotify).


What have been your favorite albums and songs of 2011?

What songs or albums do I need to make sure I include on my Best-of-2011 list?


photo courtesy of Hani Amir