Beyond average Sunday attendance, there are other ways to measure the role of churches in the community. Things like footprint, partners, impact and calling also tell a story.
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Inquiry and curiosity are at the core of an approach to evaluation that changes the tone and character of the questions we ask. iStock / Golubovy
Effective evaluation is about learning from one’s work, not judgment. It is a process that must be in place from the beginning of a project and be done in community, writes the director of the Evaluation & Communication Project at the Center for Congregations.
Christian leaders spend their workdays asking questions, but few are trained in how to ask good ones. Good questions are powerful tools for building relationships, assessing needs, creating an atmosphere of inquiry and imagination, and charting a way forward.
Clarifying mission is just the first step. Leaders must then align strategies with the desired impact, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Many churches and institutions ask for feedback yet signal in subtle or not-so-subtle ways that they only want to hear what they’re doing well, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Leaders of all stripes need feedback -- the good, the bad and the ugly. But such honesty is possible only in the context of covenant, says a professor of leadership and ministry.
New programs and interventions often seem sure to work. But success is rare, and evaluation is critical to understanding whether and why efforts to help underserved people are in fact effective, says an evaluation research methodologist.