On Minister Growth Reviews – Video Blog

I've had a number of people over the last several years inquire about the minister review process we use at NCCC. So, I was going to blog about it yesterday. I was too tired to type one out last night…so here's a video blog post … with just some brief thoughts on the value of annual staff reviews.

Behind the scenes–there was a car alarm going off in the parking lot that sounds a lot like mine throughout most of the video… Hence, the darting eyes from time to time 🙂

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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6 thoughts on “On Minister Growth Reviews – Video Blog

  1. Robin, thanks for the feedback. Now that I have the video thing figured out a bit…I may do some more. I’m thinking maybe once a week. Hopefully, the brethren can handle the sight of my gastly mug 🙂

  2. Good content as always, Tim, but I just wanted to drop a line in praise of the video format. While I certainly enjoy your writing, it was really good to watch you speak again, even for just 8 minutes. You have a gift of interpersonal communication that makes it fun & instructive to watch you talk. Please consider doing more of these occasionally, &, if possible, I would love to see more video files of your sermons archived on the NCCC website. Merry Christmas, brother.

  3. I don’t think there should ever be a leadership review that isn’t 360 in scope (every person evaluating every other person) in order to be the most effective and fair. That’s the way it’s done in most professional organizations. Of course, that means that elders are always included in those reviews. Without including them the entire process is skewed and highly susceptible to a very negative and damaging outcome. Just one guy’s opinion and (bitter) experience.
    I know some would argue that since the ministers are the only ones being paid they should be the only ones being evaluated. That only makes sense if the only leaders are the elders and the ministers are regarded as hirelings. In healthy, innovative organizations, the entire leadership team is evaluated.

  4. Rex,
    Totally agree that the review itself shouldn’t be a surprise. I’ve also been through one of those “surprise” reviews with a punitive intent. They’re not fun. Even wrong.
    I wouldn’t recommend everyone reviewing everyone…other than, say, at the 5-year mark or so.

  5. I liked what you had to say. When you talked about no surprises, I would this includes the review itself. Finding out that oneself is going to be evaluated should not be a surprise. Unfortunately, that is what happened to me once and it was not redemptive but rather a smear event that only fueled anger in me.
    I have often wondered about on multi-staff ministry teams, what if each minister evaluated every other minister…what sort of equipping and encouraging could come from that? Also, what about elder evaluations?
    Grace and peace,
    Rex

  6. Tim, thanks for sharing this. Good insights on focusing on character, competency, and chemistry as the major facets of the review. I also thought the video format was great for sharing this information rather than a written blog post; quite effective. Get some rest, brother!