Better Ministry Evaluation

As the Minister for Ministers in Local Churches for the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team, I regularly receive requests from congregations who want to evaluate their ministers. Some are thrilled with their pastor’s leadership and want to encourage her (and maybe ensure she stays longer!). Some are angry with their pastor’s leadership…

Is A Testable Idea Better than A Good Idea?

When I read this article from the Harvard Business Review, I found myself saying, “Yes!” The blog articulates, in business terms, that a good hypothesis is one that is testable. Companies that simply have a wealth of good ideas are, in the end, not very successful. Author Michael Schrage writes: Organizations that encouraged, talked up and…

Research vs. Evaluation

Our office recently administered a survey designed to examine the relationship between congregational vitality and ministerial competence / excellence. In particular, the goal was to see whether–on a large scale–particular indicators of vitality correlated with characteristics and qualities of ministerial competence. Last fall, we asked UCC Conference Ministers (leaders of the 38 regional judicatory bodies…