“Am I doing a good job?” “Do I need to change anything?” All staff needs to hear daily that they are hitting the mark with their work. But an annual review is good too … a time to officially hear of their strengths and weaknesses and have a chance to talk through hopes for future growth in their work. Hear some wisdom from one pastor:

One thing I want to do is avoid the typical evaluation, which is more about what’s wrong and needs improvement. I have never liked evaluation meetings which I go into wondering what I have done wrong this past year and what I am going to have to change or improve. Granted, some of that is necessary, but for that to be the main impression is not good.—David Kasselman, Central Church of Christ, Amarillo, Texas

 

Questions for the New Year

December 27th, 2014|Comments Off on Questions for the New Year

The New Year brings new opportunities to focus our lives on what and who matters most. In my mentoring and consulting practice, I am working with my clients this month, helping them talk through their [...]

Staff Compensation

October 4th, 2013|Comments Off on Staff Compensation

Determining how to compensate your church staff is not an easy task and we can easily find ourselves at one of two extremes. We can treat our church staff the same way many businesses treat [...]

Pastoral Review Plan and Forms

June 21st, 2013|Comments Off on Pastoral Review Plan and Forms

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and opportunity profiles. Below is the 2012 Pastoral Staff Evaluation Plan and forms [...]

Senior Leadership Review Form

December 18th, 2012|Comments Off on Senior Leadership Review Form

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and Opportunity Profiles. Below is a review form for the Senior Leadership from [...]

Developmental Paradigms for Leaders

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Developmental Paradigms for Leaders

My developmental paradigm for leaders is assess, challenge and support. The threefold paradigm of assess, challenge and support comes from The Handbook of Leadership Development (McCauley, Moxley, and Velsor, editors). The assessment needs to be honest and [...]

A Contrarian’s Journey through Staff Evaluations

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on A Contrarian’s Journey through Staff Evaluations

I never would have called myself a contrarian until recently. Now I can look back and see the seeds of it being planted in my college years during the turbulent ‘60s. The school of architecture [...]

How to Hold Difficult Conversations

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How to Hold Difficult Conversations

Holding a tough conversation is arguably a leader’s most difficult and draining responsibility. Many leaders dread these talks … and understandably so. But strange as it may seem, a tough conversation can be the most [...]

The Secret of Improving Staff Performance

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Secret of Improving Staff Performance

I really hesitated using that title but I did because I get so many questions related to staff performance. Every XP I know deals with this issue of getting people to do better and do [...]

The XP Mentoring Checklist

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The XP Mentoring Checklist

One of the greatest privileges of serving as an Executive Pastor is the opportunity we have to come alongside men and women and help them develop in their leadership. The first few months of the [...]

The Fun and Fright of a 360 Evaluation

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Fun and Fright of a 360 Evaluation

I still remember the day when I received the results of my 360 performance evaluation as an XP. I seriously wanted to either quit or beat the stuffing out of someone (in a Christian sort of [...]