Evaluating Yourself As a Leader

All children’s pastors want their ministries to grow, and I believe God wants them to grow as well. For this to happen, we must be willing to grow in our leadership abilities. Individual growth always comes before corporate growth.

The key to growth as a leader is evaluation. Change will never take place without constant evaluation. Let’s look at four areas we should evaluate on a regular basis.

1. How’s my attitude? Do I have the heart of a servant? Have I made my pastor look good this week? Have I made my pastor’s life easier this week? Am I an asset or a liability to my pastor? Am I a team player? What is my attitude about others around me? Am I grumbling and complaining? Am I enjoying the trip? Do I have a heart after God? Am I thinking about my wants too much?

2. Where are my priorities? Could I make a list of the top ten priorities for my life and ministry right this moment? Proverbs 28:2 reads, “When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.” It’s one thing to know your priorities, it’s another thing to live according to them.

3. Is my time managed well? How am I spending my time? Am I spending time daily with the Lord? Is my family suffering while my ministry is flourishing? Am I making time for my personal growth and development? Am I identifying the time robbers in my life? Once you identify the areas that need improvement, you must come up with a plan to implement the needed changes.

4. How am I performing? Am I being a team builder or a one person show? What am I doing that someone else can do? Have I communicated clearly to all my workers what they are to do? Am I a clear and skillful communicator? Am I skilled at solving problems? Can I be relied on to complete assignments and keep commitments? On a scale of 1 to 10, what is my level of leadership? Am I meeting the needs of the children and families of my church?

It’s up to you to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses on a regular basis. Make personal evaluation a habit in your life, and grow exponentially.

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Jim Wideman is an internationally recognized voice in children’s and family ministry. He is a much sought after speaker, teacher, author, personal leadership coach, and ministry consultant who has over 30 years experience in helping churches thrive. Jim created the Children’s Ministers Leadership Club in 1995 that is known today as "theClub" which has touched thousands of ministry leaders each month. Jim believes his marching orders are to spend the rest of his life taking what he has learn about leadership and ministry and pour it into the next generation of children’s, youth, and family ministry leaders.