Quarterly Evaluations

One of my goals this year is to figure out where I am in regards to my call–to check in with myself, and to make sure things are level and loving. The practice I’m developing is Twenty Questions.

Note: I have done this once, in March (as it’s quarterly) and it was supremely helpful. It puts everything out there–and only I see it. Here are the questions (and never the answers!)–use them as/if you wish.

  1. Do you still have a sense of call?
  2. Are you paying the bills? (That is, is that which must be done in congregational life being accomplished before extraneous projects or visioning work outside the regular sphere of operation)
  3. What are your strengths?
  4. What are your areas of growth?
  5. Are you praying regularly?
  6. Are you studying regularly?
  7. Are you accessible?
  8. Are your boundaries strong?
  9. Have you met with your Pastoral Relations Committee (or Parish Relations, or Personnel)?
  10. Have you written a manuscript for every sermon? (This is a personal practice I continue, after a season of trying to preach extemporaneously)
  11. Are you collaborative and communal?
  12. Is your family happy and well-received at the church?
  13. What characteristics of the congregation would you like to see change?
  14. What characteristics of the congregation would you like to see continue?
  15. What are you most excited for?
  16. What are you most afraid of?
  17. What are you celebrating in the life of the congregation right now?
  18. What are you mourning in the life of the congregation right now?
  19. How are you practicing self-care?
  20. How are you an example of the faith?

These questions are rather open-ended on purpose. Do you practice this kind of self-evaluation? In part? In full? More so? Let me know!

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