One thing pastors notice is that boards are far more likely to evaluate them than they are to evaluate themselves. Yet, the quality of board work has as much impact on most churches as the quality of the senior pastor's work. Annual evaluation of the senior pastor should be combined with a self evaluation of the board including the input of the senior pastor.
If you are a board member, evaluate the work of the board you are on (church or otherwise) with the following evaluation. As you think about the past year evaluate the following and give a numerical score from one to five for each item with one being weak and five being strong.
Our board is deeply intentional in driving a clear ministry agenda:
Our board has healthy relationships and keeps short accounts:
We are able to engage in honest constructive dialogue on all issues:
We engage in regular corporate prayer:
The majority of our time is spent on future issues rather than day to day management:
We are clear on our church's mission, guiding principles, central ministry focus and preferred culture:
We guard the gate to church leadership ensuring that only qualified individuals get on a ballot to serve:
We have a clear board job description that mirrors what the New Testament says about church leadership
We have a permission granting rather than a permission withholding culture in our church
We ask that our senior pastor work with Key Result Areas and an Annual Ministry Plan and use those objective results as the basis of our annual review of him.
We delegate issues to others that do not need to be dealt with by the board:
Our meetings are well planned and well run:
We evaluate the major ministries of our congregation honestly at least once a year and make corrrections as needed:
We focus on developing, empowering and releasing our people in meaningful ministry in line with their gifting:
What is the average score you gave the board you are on? Each of these are critical issues for a healthy board.