Congregational Resource Guide
Finding the right resources for your congregation
This short article is directed to any congregation with outreach or community ministries, advocating for careful program evaluation to build on success, avoid repeating mistakes, and improve existing programs before beginning new ones. It begins with suggestions for gathering an evaluation group and then outlines three areas for evaluation: 1. What ministry are we doing? (Are we doing the right things?) 2. How are we doing ministry? (Are we doing things in the right way?) 3. Why are we doing this ministry? (Are we sponsoring ministry for the right reasons?) Under each of these three sections, there is a list of questions to guide the evaluation discussion. Any congregation with a community program or ministry will find this a helpful tool for honest conversation about strengths and weaknesses. The tool could also be modified for evaluation of other congregational programs or ministries.