"For Those Who Are Passionate About Reaching The Younger Generation"

Youth Ministry Topics Evaluation

Youth Ministry Diagnostic Evaluation

Youth Leader Connection

(Based on the nine components of a Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry)

Instructions:

1. Read each statement carefully and think about it honestly.

2. Circle the score that best represents your current status (or the current status of your group). Use the scoring legend below to better understand which number to circle. Don?t be afraid to give yourself a 5 if you truly feel you?ve ?arrived? on that issue. By the same token, don?t avoid a 1 just because you think it means you?ve failed ? it doesn?t.

3. Add up your total score, then use the Scoring Evaluation Table at the end to measure your current state in these nine areas.

4. Identify your strongest and weakest components.

5. After some brainstorming (possibly at a later date and with some other people), list things you can do capitalize on your strongest component and attack your weakest one.

6. Remember ? this is only an attempt at helping you gain an objective assessment of your group. Since so much of ministry is subjective, this will not tell the entire story. However, it will give you one objective way to measure important concrete and specific components of your current group and ministry. This tool will be invaluable as you work with other students and leaders in determining needs, goals, and plans.

Scoring Legend:

1 ? Not at all.
2 ? Rarely. We?ve thought about it, but that?s about as far as it goes.
3 ? At times. In other words, it?s a toss up ? sometimes we do, sometimes we don?t.
4 ? Usually. We?re not doing it as much as we should, but we?re making a good effort.
5 ? Without a doubt!

COMPONENT ONE: The Power of God

Are we led by spiritually healthy leaders?

1 2 3 4 5 1. There is a clear leader (or leadership team) who feels called and committed to our young people.

1 2 3 4 5 2. As a leader, I am involved regularly in spiritual disciplines personally.

1 2 3 4 5 3. I recognize God?s leading and pursue it, even when it involves risk.

1 2 3 4 5 4. I conduct myself in a way that exemplifies servanthood, not ?execu-hood.?

1 2 3 4 5 5. I can point to visible signs (i.e., evidences) of God?s power at work in my life and in our group.

1 2 3 4 5 6. There are known and enforced requirements ? standards ? for adults who lead, or wish to lead, our students.

Total Score:

COMPONENT TWO: Participating Leaders
Are other people sharing the ministry?

1 2 3 4 5         1. Other church members know about the leadership needs in the youth ministry.

1 2 3 4 5         2. It is communicated clearly to new members how to get involved in the youth ministry as a leader/volunteer.

1 2 3 4 5         3. Our leadership team meets regularly for prayer and discussion.

1 2 3 4 5         4. I am willing to give away my responsibilities in order to expand our leadership base.

1 2 3 4 5         5. There is a process in place that trains new and current leaders to be better ministers.

1 2 3 4 5         6. Roles and expectations of volunteers are clearly identified and written in a job description.

Total Score:

COMPONENT THREE: Purpose
Do we know why we?re here?

1 2 3 4 5         1. We have a clearly written and memorable mission statement.

1 2 3 4 5         2. Our mission statement lines up with God?s mandates for ministry.

1 2 3 4 5         3. There is a concrete process/method used to inject our mission into incoming students.

1 2 3 4 5         4. Leaders and students verbally ask, ?Does this line up with our mission?? when discussing new ideas and planning upcoming events.

1 2 3 4 5         5. I can point to definitive ways our leaders and I live out the mission.

1 2 3 4 5         6. We put our mission statement on everything we print (lessons, brochures, fliers), and it is visibly noticeable in our meeting room (i.e., on the wall, in a picture, etc.).

Total Score:

COMPONENT FOUR: Planned Values
What would our ministry look like it everything worked?

1 2 3 4 5         1. Our leaders have identified the non-negotiable traits/qualities that should characterize our ministry.

1 2 3 4 5         2. None of our programs violate any of our values.

1 2 3 4 5         3. We intentionally communicate our values ? expectations ? to the parents and students.

1 2 3 4 5         4. Our leaders act decisively when a ?value line? is crossed.

1 2 3 4 5         5. Our values have been translated into action verbs, things a student can do to live out these expectations.

1 2 3 4 5         6. We celebrate students that exemplify these values.

Total Score:

COMPONENT FIVE: Process
Can I identify the steps a student takes in getting connected to God and the church?

1 2 3 4 5         1. There is a visual picture (i.e., chart, diagram, etc.) of how a student can grow in his/her walk with God through youth ministry involvement.

1 2 3 4 5         2. The process of spiritual growth has been broken down into understandable steps that relate to a student?s life.

1 2 3 4 5         3. Every step is connected to a program.

1 2 3 4 5         4. We recognize and celebrate students who make progress in these steps.

1 2 3 4 5         5. Students clearly know where to begin in their journey, regardless of where they are spiritually.

1 2 3 4 5         6. We have a specific method that engages students in Bible study in each step of our process.

Total Score:

COMPONENT SIX: Potential Audience
Are we aware of our sphere of influence?

1 2 3 4 5         1. There is a current and working database of all students who have attended our youth ministry in the last three months.

1 2 3 4 5         2. Each of our programs is targeted at a specific audience.

1 2 3 4 5         3. We know who is considered the spiritual ?core? of our group.

1 2 3 4 5         4. Students are taught practical and concrete ways to influence their friends for Christ.

1 2 3 4 5         5. Guests and visitors are treated special and we highlight newcomers on a regular basis.

1 2 3 4 5         6. We take regular group surveys and evaluations of our students? needs, interests, and habits so we can keep current with where our group is spiritually and culturally.

Total Score:

COMPONENT SEVEN: Programs
How are we using our tools to build people?

1 2 3 4 5         1. We can identify a purpose for every program in our ministry, and it is connected to our mission statement.

1 2 3 4 5         2. There is a list of characteristics of a healthy program that we use in evaluating our ministry.

1 2 3 4 5         3. Our programs change as the needs of our students change.

1 2 3 4 5         4. There is clear communication (fliers, newsletters, brochures, catalogs, etc.) about the details of our programs so parents, students and leaders know how to best invest their time.

1 2 3 4 5         5. We have avenues for program input that extend beyond the youth ministry office.

1 2 3 4 5         6. Students are connected to the Word of God to some degree in every one of our programs.

Total Score:

COMPONENT EIGHT: Parents
Am I teaming up with our ministry?s best resource?

1 2 3 4 5         1. There is a current and working database of all parents who have students in our youth ministry.

1 2 3 4 5         2. Our leaders meet regularly with the parents of our group.

1 2 3 4 5         3. Parents are encouraged, even asked, to act as youth leaders for various programs.

1 2 3 4 5         4. We have a systematic way to gain input from parents about our ministry as a whole and about the various programs within it.

1 2 3 4 5         5. Parents are often seen at different youth activities or functions, and the students are often in the homes of our youth group families.

1 2 3 4 5         6. The leadership team verbally and visibly shows support to the concept of parental authority; they are not breeding an antagonism towards it.

Total Score:

COMPONENT NINE: Perseverance
How do I lead over the long haul?

1 2 3 4 5         1. Our church leadership has a future-focused perspective about youth ministry; they realize most of the results from this ministry show up later.

1 2 3 4 5         2. Our leader has a sense of where the group should be heading over the next several years and is taking practical steps now to steer us that way.

1 2 3 4 5         3. Our leadership team celebrates longevity among its members.

1 2 3 4 5         4. There is balance and accountability among our leadership team; no one allows another to bear so much that it may cause them to quit in frustration.

1 2 3 4 5         5. As best we can, our leadership team recognizes and prepares for change in advance so as not to undermine our effectiveness.

1 2 3 4 5         6. Our youth leader has been with us for more than one year.

Total Score:

GRAND TOTAL SCORE:

Scoring Evaluation Table

245 or higher You?re lying. Go back and answer these questions again.

200-244 Wow ? you?ve probably got a great group! Keep up the good work!

175-199 There?s no doubt you?re pushing towards the right goals, and making progress. Attack those few weak areas without neglecting the strong points that have helped get you where you are.

150-174 You probably have a clear picture of what you?re after, but need more support to get there. Keep building your leadership base, and talk about the vision to your students constantly. The next few months/years are crucial as you build an even healthier, stronger group, so don?t give up.

130-149 Your group is not going through the motions, but they are not spiritually energized, either! Take a close look at your leadership team, as well as the things that get your emphasis. It may be your group is simply sputtering and needs a tune-up from more time in God?s Word.

100-129 Like it or not, your group is probably going through the motions ? you know, playing the youth group game. It?s probably time to draw a line in the sand, identify your leaders, and start fresh with a clear vision from God and new expectations for your students. This isn?t easy, but it?s a whole lot better than the alternative.

99 or below C?mon, it?s not really that bad, is it?

Diagnostic Evaluation Worksheet

Strongest Component and Score Weakest Component and Score

 

 

Three things we will do to capitalize on our strengths:

1. ?As a leader, I will...

 

2. ?As a leadership team, we will...

 

3. ?As a youth group, we will...

 

Three things we will do to address and fortify our weaknesses:

1. ?As a leader, I will...

 

2. ?As a leadership team, we will...

 

3. ?As a youth group, we will...

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