How to E-valuate as a Pastor
It's that time of year again - evaluation time! Here are seven ways I evaluate my work as a pastor:
Am I an exegete of God’s truth?
Ask: Do I carefully study and rightly handle the word of truth?
2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Am I an expositor of God’s word?
Ask: Do I preach and teach the word as one who is prepared and patient?
2 Timothy 4:2 (ESV)
2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
Am I an exhorter of God’s Scripture?
Ask: Do I encourage, warn and motivate God's people to obey God’s word?
1 Timothy 4:13 (ESV)
13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
Am I an elder in God’s church?
Ask: Do I care for what belongs to God as an entrusted steward? Do I supervise with integrity? Am I always on guard?
Acts 20:28 (ESV)
28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
Am I an example to God’s flock?
Ask: Do I model the faith in a way that should be imitated?
1 Peter 5:2–3 (ESV)
2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
Am I entreating before God’s throne?
Ask: Do I prioritize prayer both personally and in the church?
Acts 6:4 (ESV)
4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
Am I equipping God’s saints?
Ask: Do I encourage God's people to exercise the gifts, services, and activities as the Spirit has apportioned to each for ministry in Christ’s church?
Ephesians 4:11–12 (ESV)
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ