20 Questions for Mid-Year Evaluation

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Photo by Buzac Marius https://unsplash.com/sora

Before we get to Christmas—the bad sweater parties, white elephant gifts, egg nog, and of course the end-of-year fundraising push, don’t forget the mid-year evaluation! Take some time during Finals week and make a few course corrections. I highly recommend sitting down with your team (perhaps a mixture of staff, key student leaders, and volunteers) and working through some (or all) of the following 20 questions:


  1. What’s working? And do you know why it is working?
  2. What’s not working? And do you know why it isn’t working?
  3. Where do you need to work harder, and where do you need to work smarter?
  4. What are you celebrating? And are you celebrating it, or just moving on to the next thing?
  5. What are you looking forward to doing again next semester/year? What are you never doing again—ever?
  6. Who are you praising God for? Have you communicated your gratitude to them?
  7. If you could wave a magic wand over your ministry, what would you do? Why?
  8. How are your teammates doing? Who needs some TLC or help? What are you doing for them?
  9. What changes do you need to make for this coming semester? What changes need to wait until summer?
  10. How’s your financial support/funding? What’s your plan to address that over break?
  11. What 2-3 things are you recruiting to for next semester? What are your goals, and how is it going?
  12. If you could add one person to your team, who would they be and what would they do?
  13. How is your ministry contributing to the “peace and prosperity” of your campus? (Jer. 29:4-14)
  14. How is your ministry helping fulfill the Great Commission on your campus? (Matt. 28:18-20)
  15. What are your top 4-5 metric indicators of success, and how are you doing at meeting them?
  16. As a leader, what is your greatest contribution to your team, and how are you maximizing that? What is your greatest weakness, and how are you minimizing that?
  17. What do you need to start saying yes to next semester? What do you need to say no to?
  18. How are you planning on resting and recharging during break? During next semester?
  19. What happened this semester that can only be explained by God’s work?
  20. What are you asking God to do in and through your ministry next semester?

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