Evaluation and feedback are key in helping to see if a ministry is continuing the direction God has given. Regular feedback (whether informal or in a more structured approach) helps to give a “pulse” of where things are at. Every couple of years, it’s worthwhile doing an audit of your ministry.
The purpose of an audit is to give an accurate snapshot of where things are at. It takes your current structure including programs and resources along with your current assets (including personnel, finances, etc.), all measured against the ministry’s mandate and objectives. This helps to evaluate what elements should continue, be revised or removed in order to be more effective in God’s given mandate while being better stewards of his resources.
It’s helpful to have an outside voice to facilitate the process in order to bring other viewpoints into the audit. This could include another youth pastor, a youth ministry specialist or even someone from CBOQ Youth.
Click here if you’re interested in seeing an overview of the process.