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.
- Do you still have a sense of call?
- 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)
- What are your strengths?
- What are your areas of growth?
- Are you praying regularly?
- Are you studying regularly?
- Are you accessible?
- Are your boundaries strong?
- Have you met with your Pastoral Relations Committee (or Parish Relations, or Personnel)?
- Have you written a manuscript for every sermon? (This is a personal practice I continue, after a season of trying to preach extemporaneously)
- Are you collaborative and communal?
- Is your family happy and well-received at the church?
- What characteristics of the congregation would you like to see change?
- What characteristics of the congregation would you like to see continue?
- What are you most excited for?
- What are you most afraid of?
- What are you celebrating in the life of the congregation right now?
- What are you mourning in the life of the congregation right now?
- How are you practicing self-care?
- 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!