Businesses do it annually. Some may even do it more often. But is it appropriate for a church to evaluate its current ministries and staff? After all, the church is not a business. What would the evaluation criteria be? Members? Attendance? Money? None of these seem biblical. If a church was primarily interested in these things it could just become a social club and have more success.
Perhaps the evaluation could be done based upon how happy the members are? This does not seem quite right either. A church is designed to help its people grow in Christian maturity. This growth could happen during times of pain and unhappiness. If churches were most interested in keeping their people happy, it would be easier to let them remain as they are without challenging them to grow. It would probably even be beneficial for churches to praise their people for where they are. Everyone likes to be praised.
Perhaps we could evaluate based upon how much people are “growing”? This one seems tricky. How do we know someone is growing? What if the ministries are good, but the people are just hard-hearted? The Old Testament prophets came across this situation. They proclaimed God’s word exactly how he wanted, but the people often did not listen. Can we blame the ministries and pastors if the people are not responding?
So, should a church evaluate? If so, how? What criteria would you use to evaluate the ministries of the church? What criteria would you use to evaluate the pastor (or pastors)?