Self evaluation is key to continue growing as a children’s ministry leader. Most kidmin workers want their ministry to grow. And I believe God wants your ministry to grow, as well. For that to happen, we must be willing to develop our own leadership abilities. Individual growth always comes before corporate growth.
The number-one key to growth as a leader is self evaluation. Change won’t take place without constant assessment. If you don’t identify ways you can grow as a leader, you’ll never reach your next level. How do you do this? I’m glad you asked!
On a regular basis, make time to think about your life and ministry. Don’t just think about what to do but how you’re doing it. Don’t think about problems more than you think about answers. You can’t get to where you’re going if you don’t know where you are.
5 Areas for Self Evaluation
1. Your relationship with Christ
Here’s a great question I ask myself: Have I ever been more in love with Jesus than I am right now? My walk with God isn’t about what I do. It’s all about what Jesus did for me. Yet for a guy who believes works won’t saved me, I still tend to evaluate my relationship with Christ with performance-based criteria. The truth is, I must remind myself to evaluate my faith walk by how I surrender rather than by what I do.
- Am I listening to God’s Word and choosing it in every area of my life?
- Do I worship God for who He is, not for what He does for me?
- Am I modeling God’s nature and character in my choices, taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ?
2. Your attitude
I regularly conduct self evaluation by asking these questions:
- 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’s my attitude about others around me?
- Am I grumbling and complaining?
- Am I enjoying the trip?
- Do I have a heart for God?
- Am I thinking about myself and my wants too much?
3. Your priorities
Could you list the top 10 priorities for your life and ministry right now? If you don’t have priorities, you can’t keep them. Proverbs 28:2 says, “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 altogether to live according to those priorities.
4. Time management
- 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. It’s your time, so act like it!