Church Ministry Needs Assessment

What is a ministry needs assessment?

The assessment is a means of discerning if the church's ministry is on track with God's purposes and design for the church.
 

Is there a biblical basis for such evaluation?

You will find passages like that following that suggest the need for making an assessment of your situation:

  • Proverbs 14:8
  • Proverbs 24:3-6
  • Luke 14:28-32
  • 1 Corinthians 9:26

For more about the Biblical Basis, read:

What is the purpose of doing a ministry needs assessment?

A constructive assessment will strengthen and build up the body of Christ not condemn and divide. It will provide accountability and also a sense of ownership for those involved in the process. As a result of the needs assessment, you will identify strengths on which to build and weaknesses on which to work. A needs assessment will help you determine if new ministries should be initiated and/or if any existing ministries should be terminated.
 

Who should be involved in the assessment process?

How many people participate in the needs assessment could depend on the size of your church and also on how much effort you are willing to put into the assessment. The entire congregation could be involved in providing input or perhaps a cross-section of individuals from different areas of your church's life. The process could be coordinated by church leadership, an appointed committee, or an outside agency or consultant. Doing the assessment internally would tend to build greater ownership in the implementation of results.
 

What is the process for assessing church ministry needs?

In doing a needs assessment you are basically answering some strategic questions. Answers will come from a variety of sources. You might take surveys, interview ministry leaders and/or participants, examine reports and statistics, observe the various ministries in action, or a combination of these sources. An assessment should generate some honest soul-searching in the church. And, every step of the process should be enveloped in prayer. Click here for suggestions on the type of strategic questions you should be asking.
 

In addition to this content the Staffing Ministry Manual includes suggested preparations and a process you might use to ask and answer strategic questions as well as a form for recording your conclusions.
 

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