A few years ago, I realized we were missing a crucial tool for maintaining a health ministry and staff in our family ministry – an effective staff evaluation process. Oddly enough, this is the very thing that causes most people to cringe. I am one of the few people that loves to be reviewed, at least professionally. I love for other leaders to speak into my leadership. Where am I succeeding, where am I struggling, what do they identify in me that I need to improve or avoid? I believe personal and professional reviews are crucial for maintaining a healthy spiritual life and ministry. After a few different failed attempts, we created a staff review process that we love called, G90 Reviews. Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Advantage has really impacted our review process. Check it out HERE.
G90 Reviews are designed to help our staff establish GOALS that allow them to accomplish the requirements of their job more affectively. G90 reviews focus on a ministry leaders ability to grow as a leader in area’s of goal setting and accomplishment. It also allows the leadership to properly identify where staff are excelling and/or struggling to better lead them. In short, G90 Reviews ensure the ministry and ministry leaders continue to advance for the glory of God.
Here is a quick snap shot of our G90 Review process:
•All goal’s need to be measurable. I have learned that it is very difficult to evaluate what you cannot measure.
•All reviews focus on bettering the person and the position. It’s my desire that all of our staff become more like the image of Christ and become more effective leaders when they leave our staff/church. G90 Reviews give me the opportunity to hit pause on working on the ministry and pour into those working in the ministry. I love our staff and value taking time to encourage and equip them.
•Reviews are on average 60 min with myself and our Family Ministry Coordinator.
4 Questions: These four questions are be used to guide the discussion. Team members come prepared to provide detailed explanations in order to cultivate a healthy discussion.
1. HOW HAVE YOU SEEN GOD MOVE IN YOUR MINISTRY ENVIRONMENT AND WHAT IS GOD TEACHING YOU FROM HIS WORD? If we are not staying spiritually full, then we will never be able to be the leaders that God has allowed us to be. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… (Hebrews 12:1).
2. DID YOU ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS? Review the last G90 goals. Were the previous goals accomplished, what was difficult, what did they teach you and what are the results of the accomplished goals? How so?
3. WHAT GOALS ARE YOU GOING TO ACCOMPLISH NEXT? What do you want to see God do in the next 90 days? We will work together to establish healthy goals. Staff come prepared with possible goals (3-5) to discuss. Keep in mind that effective goals are qualitative and quantitative so they can be measured. We also discuss their plan to achieve their new goals and how I can support them.
4. HOW CAN YOU IMPROVE AS A LEADER? Self assessment – these are personal areas of improvement that they would like leadership to help with?
The truth is, G90 Reviews are as much for me as they are for them. Every review I am reminded of how inadequate I am as a leader to handle what God has entrusted to me. They cause me to recenter myself on the strength of God not my abilities.