Evaluating your youth ministry’s health

Evaluating your youth ministryLast week I did a video Skype call for a camp as part of their daily training seminars offered for the youth pastors there. I was asked to talk about evaluating the health of a youth ministry, but we spent most of the time talking about what a healthy youth ministry is and then discussed how to evaluate it at the end, because obviously you can’t evaluate something if you don’t know what it is first.

I shared:

  • One precursor to a discussion about healthy ministry
  • Two indications of a healthy ministry from scripture
  • Practical examples of how that plays out in my youth group
  • How to evaluate the process of spiritual growth and health in your ministry

Unfortunately, there was a bit of a delay on the call due to a poor Internet connection on their end, but it’s still worth listening to. It’s about 41 minutes long.

You can listen to the whole conversation in iTunes or using the link below.

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Posted on July 12, 2010

  • Quick Question: what about using a third-party consultant (free or otherwise) to do an eval? I've never heard much about this happening with a youth ministry, but I've thought it would really be nice to have someone observe and pick apart our ministry from an objective point of view.

    • Yeah, you could do that, too, if you have the money to do it. But then again, you're still evaluating it based on someone else's definition of "healthy." You should bring them in to play the role of a teacher for you and the ministry more than to do a report and surveys.

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