Let’s Evaluate Your Ministry

Artwork for Excellence in Ministry: Finishing Well—Doing What’s Best in the Challenges of Ministry

Ask any student getting ready to take a final exam how he or she feels, and you’ll likely get a contradictory answer. The student will be filled with trepidation because the test will reveal his or her knowledge (or ignorance) but also with elation because it’s the last test of the course. What is standard procedure in education and business—the evaluation of students and employees—isn’t necessarily standard procedure in ministry. Churches too often shirk the responsibility of evaluating how their ministries are doing. They shouldn’t. Because churches are populated and pastored by imperfect people, we should stop every once in a while to administer an examination against the standard of God’s Word. As we close our study of 1 Timothy, let’s do that—let’s evaluate your ministry.