How Well do You Know Your Sheep?
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls,
as those who will have to give an account. – Hebrews 13:17
Are you prepared to give a good account of the people under your care? This evaluation is intended for all elders—not just pastors—it is the role of all elders to “equip the saints for the work of service” (Eph. 4:12). Thankfully, our responsibility is to be faithful (not perfect)! Our goal is to grow in greater faithfulness. This evaluation will help identify where greater faithfulness might be helpful.
- What is the name of each person under your direct care?
- What are the names of each person’s family members?
- About how much time have you spent in focused conversation about personal spiritual things with each person under your direct care over the past month?
- Name at least one area of spiritual struggle in the life of each person under your direct care.
- How have you sought to help the person with this struggle?
- What is your plan to regularly help these people?
- What specific encouragement or admonishment have you given each of these people over the past month?
- Is discipleship regularly taking place in their homes? If so, what spiritual fruit has become visible in the lives of their family members?
- What have you shared with these people over the past month that has highlighted how the gospel has worked/is working in your own heart?
- How much time have you spent in prayer for those under your care?
- How much time is spent during elder meetings discussing what’s going on (struggles/victories) in the lives of the people versus business decisions or handling other administrative matters?