2016 Evaluations

Each year United Methodist clergy and congregations are to engage in an assessment process for increased effectiveness. These evaluations — when done in a spirit of love and desire to align ministry and leaders more fully with God’s purposes — can be a powerful tool that helps everyone get (or stay) on the same page and work together toward excellence.

Some of the evaluations are used for determining if a pastor and congregation are still a good match. Others are intended to help congregations and leaders be more faithful and fruitful.

You may submit your completed evaluation forms at the same time as your charge conference forms. Please note that evaluations will not be reviewed by the district superintendent at your charge conference.

All evaluations are due no later than December 1, 2016. The Evaluations Portal is now OPEN.


In an effort to streamline the evaluation process, we have combined some of the evaluation forms. Please do not use 2015 forms.


Evaluation Forms

Congregational Evaluation
This form has not changed. Completed by church leadership (including lay leader, church council chairperson or equivalent, finance chairperson, SPRC chairperson, other ministry staff and others – at least five people are involved) and pastor. Ideally, the evaluation helps a congregation:

  1. identify and build on its strengths for disciple-making in the congregation and community;
  2. name behaviors, attitudes and/or ministries that are hindering disciple-making in the congregation and community;
  3. clarify expectations and priorities.

We recommend that congregations review progress on goals it has set on a quarterly basis.

Congregational Profile and Pastoral Ministry Evaluation & Advisory
This evaluation is completed for each pastor serving in the church by the SPRC based in part on performance goals set in the previous year.  It also evaluates the overall profile of the congregation.

Self-Evaluation & Advisory Forms: Pastor | Deacon
This year there are two separate forms—one for Pastors (Clergy) and one for Deacons.  These forms are completed by each pastor and/or deacon serving the church.

Pastoral Goals
These goals are used to evaluate the pastor each year. If your pastor is newly appointed, please refer to the goals that were created at the Pastor/SPRC Transition Workshop.

The Lewis Center for Church Leadership has developed some free resources that help SPRCs improve their own understanding and skills in giving feedback.

For more information about the appointment-making process, please review the SPRC Appointment Making Process Presentation from Leadership Day.