Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


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Evaluating Your Ministry

  • Jim Townsley
  • Nov 20, 2015
I have often thought it would be helpful if a seasoned pastor could come to my church and evaluate our entire ministry. If that were possible I would want him to sit in our services, observe our Sunday School classes, inspect our buildings, and review our finances along with a review of every function of our church. I would hope to discover if we could do anything better and if he had ideas and suggestions that could be incorporated into our church. I believe such a review would have been helpful to our church but also for every new church.
Let's assume someone who was qualified and gifted to help new churches become more effective and efficient was willing to come and offer constructive criticism. What preacher would be willing for them to come? I have asked various men their thoughts on this topic and universally the answer has been, most pastors would not allow such a review for fear of embarrassment or fear of the necessity to change. Probably the ones who would profit the most would be least likely to utilize this opportunity. A lack of transparency and unwillingness to receive counsel is a dangerous position.
I have observed men whom I believe have been called of God to start a church and yet it seems they believe they already know how to do it. No one knows everything and a novice certainly doesn't know everything. Anyone who is not open to suggestions and not even looking for suggestions on church planting will be at a great disadvantage.  The men I have found to most successful are men who constantly are seeking advice. They are seeking advice from older preachers with many years of experience. Also, they are questioning men who recently started a church while their challenges are still fresh on their mind. The reason inquisitive men are more successful is they have become open to criticism and they are willing to change. I know men that are making big mistakes with their church ministry and sometimes with their family, but they are not open to hear the truth which could make the difference between success or failure.
No one has all the answers; however, men with experience and tenure know more than most novices and many of them would be willing to offer their advice and lend their help. It would be in the best interest of every church planter and every young preacher to choose key men to whom they will solicit advice and counsel. Sometimes a local pastor could be willing to meet a new young man periodically to discuss the ministry. This would be an enormous help. There are many advantages to seeking godly counsel and the man who chooses this path wil enhance his opportunity to succeed. Scripture reminds of the importance of godly counsel.
"Where no counsel is,the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety." - - Proverbs 11:14  
"Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established." - - Proverbs 15:22