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Stepping Back: The Importance of Evaluation In Your Youth Ministry

Stepping Back: The Importance of Evaluation In Your Youth Ministry

Recently, I made it a point to sit down and really evaluate our student ministry. I took some time, put everything on the table, and asked myself some pretty tough questions!

  • Where are we going?
  • Where does God want us to go?
  • How will we get there?
  • What will it look like?
  • Am I in the way?
  • What do we need to do better?
  • What do we need to stop doing?
  • How can I put us in the best possible situation to "succeed"?
  • Are we doing all we can to reach students?

In my opinion, if you want long-term success in student ministry, there must be constant evaluation.

Evaluation is not always (or seldom) easy. It can lead to frustration, especially when the answers aren't always clear! But it is a valuable exercise. I've found that one of the most essential things you can do to help in evaluation is to invite someone into your life that can be honest with you as you evaluate your student ministry and your leadership. I sat down with a good friend this week and went through some those thoughts in my mind. He is the kind of person that does not just tell you what you want to hear. He is more concerned with the truth! (A great quality in a "co-evaluator.") We sat for a while. I talked, he listened. Then he talked and I listened. After a week of processing our conversation, I came to this conclusion...

The questions and questioning are a requirement for success, however immediately having the answers is not. It's the courage to ask the tough questions and pursue the real answers that leads to success. If you are waiting for God to answer every question before you move forward, you may be enjoying your seat for a while . . .

Yesterday I did yard work all day. At the end of the day, I looked at my wife and said, "the yard is finished, look what I did! You never get to say that in Student Ministry! It is never finished. There is never a moment that you arrive. There are wins along the way, but not really a true finish line. That is why this calling pushes your faith. There is always another level of dependence. There is always more students to reach. There is always more work to do. There are always more questions to ask!

About The Author

Jason Curry

Jason Curry

Jason Curry is the Pastor To Students at The Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock, Arkansas. During his time at Rock Creek, Jason has seen the student ministry grow from just a handful of students to over 300 students, from every school in Central Arkansas, actively involved in Rock Creek Students. Additionally, Jason is a frequent speaker at Student Retreats, Camps, Disciple-Now events, parent conference, college retreats, & church wide events. Jason attended Mississippi College where he played four years of college baseball (and was named an All-American), and graduated with a degree in Communications. During his first year of college, Jason began a two-year commitment as a volunteer for K-Life ministries, an extension of Kanakuk. He then served at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN and later joined the staff at First Baptist Church in Jackson, MS. Jason is married to his high school sweetheart, Courtney, and they have two daughters, Carson & Cameron. Jason is an avid college football fan and loves the outdoors, especially duck and deer hunting. You can keep up with Jason at