Pastoral Evaluations Series

Pastoral leadership of a congregation is an important factor in the life of the church. Though not the only influence in a congregation, pastors are nonetheless a significant indicator of what is and will be happening in the congregation. Leadership matters! Appropriate and proactive pastoral evaluations are an important way to ensure a healthy relationship between the pastor and the congregation as well as the overall growth of the ministry of the pastor. The evaluation tools which are in this packet are all designed to be used for the growth and betterment of the pastor as well as the congregation as a whole.

Included in this packet:

Formal reviews (3 - 5 years)


Solo Minister
Pastor/Congregation Review for solo pastor of a congregation.

Team Ministry with Lead Pastor
Review for multi staff congregations with lead pastor supervising the other pastors

Shared Team Ministry
Review for multi-staff congregations with personnel committee supervising pastors

Pastor/Congregation Review - Appreciative Inquiry
This form of evaluation shifts from a problem-based to a strength-based approach while also identifying areas for growth in ministry. The focus is to identify “what is life giving” in a formative, future oriented way.

Informal assessments

Pastoral Assessment around the Six Core Competencies
This tool can be helpful in assessing the pastor’s ministry balance around the competencies identified in our denominations. These six areas can be processed together or on a rhythm which seems manageable for your local context.

First Year Review of Pastor in New Congregational Assignment
During the first year of a ministry it is imperative for the channels of feedback between the lay leaders of the congregation and the pastor be as open and honest as possible. This short feedback tool is to help facilitate such conversations for alignment, growth and enhanced years of ministry.

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