The end of the year is a great natural time to look back and reflect on the past year. As all of our social media accounts are flooded with our year in review and we think about everything that has happened it is also important to think about our ministry. Whether it was the best year of your ministry career or the worst it is important to reflect. Reflect on what has gone on but also take this time to evaluate and see where you are as you head into the future.
During evaluation here are the four things to do to accurately measure your year and strive for improvement.
1. Acknowledge your wins
Ministry is a gig that comes with so many ups and downs. Whether you had a great year or a terrible one it is important to sit down and remember the blessings your ministry received. It is so encouraging to realize we serve a God that provides us with way more “wins” than we deserve even when we don’t see them right away. Writing them down helps you see them and also provides you with a great source of encouragement in the future when you do stumble on those rough times.
2. Acknowledge your short comings
I know, I know, you don’t want to relive those at all. I agree, it can sting a bit to think of where you didn’t measure up or where your ministry wasn’t very successful. However, it is so important that we acknowledge where we didn’t do very well so we can improve in the future. We are not acknowledging them to dwell on them or make ourselves feel bad but to make our ministry better. If we never acknowledge that things were not up to par then we will never fix them and will continue on in mediocrity, not giving God our best.
3. What needs to happen again?
Ask yourself this question. What event, program, planning sequence, message topic, or whatever just absolutely rocked this year? Where did you totally kill it (in a good way) and need to remember it for the future. Not just a win that happened or a success story, but something you did that needs to happen again. Think about your year, maybe invite someone else in to think about it as well and determine what it is that is a must for the next year.
4. What should never happen again?
Again, this is not just to dwell on the negative, but to make sure it doesn’t happen again. What event, program, idea, or whatever just absolutely flopped this year? Where did you totally fail and want to not repeat it? Think about your year, and again, invite another voice, to evaluate what happened the last year that needs to never happen again event wise.
5. Give thanks
Whether your year was awesome, or terrible it doesn’t matter when it comes to the authority of God. God deserves all the thanks and praise for every single victory, win, and even the opportunity to serve Him. When you evaluate your year do not forget to thank the One who allowed you to even have breath.
Evaluation is a very powerful tool and can be extremely helpful as you head into the new year. If Stoked On Youth Ministry can help you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for being a youth worker!