It is summertime, and among many other things we do every summer at Faith Church (like the 4th of July picnic at Long’s Park, VBS and summer camp at Twin Pines), we also do staff evaluations.
Usually I bring along a ministry volunteer that serves with the particular staff member, and we talk with them about the previous year. The Pastoral Relations Committee handles my evaluation. Each member of the committee receives an eval form, they fill them out, return them to the committee Chair, who compiles them, and we all meet in August to talk it over.
Anybody else dislike job evaluations?
Or are you strange enough to welcome them?!?! Maybe you get excited for someone to tell you how you need to improve? Or maybe you are so awesome at your job that your eval is perfect every year!
Or maybe not…
Have you ever had one of those evals where you go into the meeting, and you get generally high marks for your job performance? You’ve been a very good employee, and your boss wants to tell you that. But they also feel they have to point out things that needed improvement, even if those areas are minor or far and few between. Like they will somehow fail as a boss if they don’t at least give one or tow critiques. Nobody is perfect, right? There has to be something wrong. Maybe you’ve been in one of those eval meetings that I’m talking about, and though you look at the official report they give you, and the report is glowing, you walk out of the meeting feeling like you just got kicked in the gut. How do you feel about those job evals?
Then there are other kinds of eval meetings. These are the ones you walk into confidently. You are feeling good about the past year or past six months, and you feel like you’re about to hit a home run. Instead, you strike out. The job eval points out things in your performance that shock you. You think “That’s not true! That’s not me. This must be a mistake, this must have been meant for someone else.” But it was meant for you. It was about you. It is the truth.
How does that feel? How did you miss the truth about yourself? How can you have a perspective about your job performance that was so misguided?
Is it possible, as we look to Daniel 5, that the job performance scenario could be said about your discipleship to Jesus?