Assessing and Evaluating 2015
By: Brian Birdow
Wow another year has passed and a new year has begun! I am so thankful for the church family I have here in Caddo Mills it truly is a pleasure serving here. I believe we all should set goals and make resolutions for if we are not striving to become better then what are we doing? I also believe we should evaluate ourselves as a church.
What I mean is that we should reflect upon what we did right or wrong. The things in which we did correctly and we achieved the desired outcome we should continue to do and reexamine to see if we can make further improvements. The things in which we did wrong we should seek to change. We should as the question why did this fail or not go as planned?
We should be tracking and charting things like growth and retention in regards to new converts. This allows us to know how well we are doing in that department. Are we just baptizing people and they leave or are they remaining and growing. We can chart the growth of the new convert by curriculum from new convert class to adult class, involvement in church, and ability to defend the gospel.
What about our youth, do we evaluate their growth and if so how? Evaluation is manifold and I believe is starts with testing. Do the children know the material taught and are they able to teach it to others? If we are teaching students our objective should be for the students to one day become the teacher of others! Testing obviously is a sure way to evaluate students and it can be done in various ways and should always be age appropriate. Which ever way the teacher decides is fine so long as testing is done because without it how do you know what the student’s strengths and weaknesses are?
At your place of employment I am sure that attendance is kept as well as tardiness. Have you ever wondered why this done especially if you get paid by the hour? It is simple, you have a job and the assignment starts as previously instructed and if you are not going to be present you need to give a heads up and have a valid reason, else you will be reprimanded and eventually fired.
We keep a record of attendance here but not for the same reason. Our reason is to know who is present and who is not so that if they are sick physically we can pray for them and offer physical help to them. If they have become discouraged for whatever reason we can go and visit them and if unable to visit write them a letter or send a card to say we are thinking about you and you are missed. We are able to pick up the phone and offer kind words or just lend a listening ear. We know that the devil is busy trying to destroy children of God (1 Pet. 5:8) so we need to make sure that when someone is not present it is not because he or she is captive with sin.
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. Bear you one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:1-2)
Also to hold each other accountable, God commands us not to forsake the assembly and if I notice one of my siblings in Christ not worshiping God I need to know why? He or she could have a legit reason as to why they missed worship or they could have a reason that would not be pleasing to God. When a person forsakes the assembly (meaning they have no intent on coming back) it starts one Lord’s Day at a time. They feel bad at first but the conscience is weakened over time until no remorse is felt for forsaking the assembly. By immediately checking on our sibling we may be able to prevent a downward spiral!
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)
What about evaluating our evangelism? Do we have a plan for reaching the lost? Is it our top concern to teach the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST? If it is what is our method of operation and is clearly documented and explained? How do we plan to accomplish this? If we don’t this as a goal and if no plan then how can we evaluate our efforts? We must have a plan to reach the lost and everyone has to be informed and on board. In a previous article entitled “what happened to my goals” I set forth a plan for evangelism as follows:
- Monthly door knocking
- Monthly internet ad’s
- Quarterly mailings
- Equipping members with cards, dvd’s, & tracts for neighbors, friends, and family
Door knocking is to be planned we have a start point and a finish point and our route will be plotted on a mapsco. The internet marketing is via facebook and other social media outlets but primarily facebook. Monthly mailers will be targeted to a specific zip code in which we will be door knocking. In our day to day life we can pass out dvd’s, cards, cd’s on what must I do to be saved and why are there so many churches as well as invite people to bible class and worship service.
In order for our 2016 to be better than 2015 we need to reflect and evaluate what we did right and what we did wrong. Have the honesty to say I was wrong on this and correct it and the resolve to do things that were right even better! We should resolve to tell our loved ones we love the more often and call parents and children more frequently as well as read the bible more. How about reading the reading the New Testament once a quarter and the old covenant semi-annually? Let’s challenge our self to grow and get out of our comfort zones and do more for the Lord!
In Love and in Christ,
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