Thank you for taking the time to fill out this evaluation. I have changed this tool to more broadly evaluate the fitness of your church rather than specifically the pastor’s performance. I do see the pastor as responsible for the overall health of the church, so all of this is under his/her leadership. This evaluation is based on the book Building the Body, by Gary L. McIntosh and Phil Stevenson. The book lists twelve characteristics of a fit church and this forms the outline for the evaluation. Your pastor received a copy of the book in December.

The book uses five levels to describe a church in various stages of development: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Elite. This is taken from a comparison of churches with athletes. I have used these terms in the scale, but have tried to describe what a church at this level of development is like. Don’t get caught up in the labels, but be honest as to where you feel the church is currently in this area. This will help us to determine where best to focus our attention for future development.

Your answers to this survey are confidential and your name will not be associated with your comments. The answers will be compiled into a single format and discussed together with your pastor at a board meeting. Respond to these questions as if you are speaking to your pastor directly. Please answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. Please do not leave any blanks, even if you need to answer that you do not know. This will help to make this a more effective exercise.  The entire survey will probably take you about 20 minutes to complete.  For your convenience, you have the option to save your answers and continue later if you cannot complete it in one sitting.  When you click on “Save and Continue Later,” you will be given a link to use to access the form with your saved answers.

In each section, I start by asking for something positive and an area of improvement in each area.

Please take the time to write encouraging comments as well as constructive suggestions as these will be much more helpful than just numerical scores.

— Joseph W. Jennings, District Superintendent

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