Evaluation is a key ingredient to growth as a leader. As a youth worker, you need to offer feed back to those you are leading. You also need to receive honest feed back about your performance as a leader. The mark of a great leader is one who is not afraid to hear what others think of him/her. As a resource, we are offering an evaluation tool that you can give to your volunteer staff or student leaders as a source of evaluation for your ministry. We have modified these questions from a book entitled First Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. (Simon and Schuster Inc, 1999)
1. Do I know what’s expected of me in this ministry?
2. Do I have the materials and equipment to do my job right?
3. Do I have the opportunity to do what I do best?
4. In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?
5. Does my team leader, or someone else, seem to care about me as a person?
6. Is there someone in the ministry who encourages my development?
7. Do my opinions seem to count?
8. Are other staff members committed to the ministry?
9. Do I have a best friend in the ministry?
10. In the last six months, has someone talked to me about my progress?
11. This last year, have I had opportunities to learn and grow?
Using this resource with your staff and students will give you a window into their perception of the youth ministry. Learning to use evaluation effectively will help you become a leader that people want to follow.
About the Author
Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners who never leave their side. Doug grew up in… Read More