The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

The Real Value of an Annual Evaluation is…

Bible Character: Paul

Sometime later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Acts 15:36 NIV

Paul wanted to assess how the churches he planted were producing. His assessments went beyond just communicating the positive and negatives…it was about relationship building.

A Unique Time

There is something special about the minutes spent during a review. Even though we constantly lend feedback throughout the year, the moments during an evaluation are unique. The staff member gets feedback on their performance and also has a chance to give some of their observations. Communication is a two way street.


We have expectations that when we invest in someone they will grow. If you can’t spend the short time it takes to do an evaluation, you might not get the positive results you’re looking for from the people you lead. Individuals want feedback on their performance, especially if it’s good.


Paul cared greatly for the churches and how they were doing. Developing mutual support for each other was also important to him. It may be a stretch to view an evaluation this way, but even when delivering a negative review, progressive steps towards open communication and support for each other can be further advanced.

Paul understood the importance of traveling to the churches and personally reviewing their progress.

This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority – the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down. 2 Corinthians 10 NIV


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