For a lot of people, yearly or 6 month job evaluations are dreaded and painful experiences. Wes, our Youth/Worship Pastor has been at Coastal for a year now. Guess what? He approached me about wanting a yearly evaluation. That’s right – he approached me. Truthfully, had he not approached me, I probably would have let it slip. It’s not something I’ve done before.
However, I am growing as a leader and as a leader of leaders. After spending some time thinking it through and looking into the process of staff evaluations, I’m now looking forward to it – don’t worry, not in a sadistic way, but as a way of pouring into Wes and any future staff (your time is coming Sean). In fact, that’s what Wes said. He values and wants my clear direction and feedback. You see, when I invest time, prayer, and direction into Wes; when I give him clear expectations and goals, it makes him feel valued and sets him free to operate at the highest level.
Sure, it gives us a chance to talk about work performance, goals, deadlines, and character. But if done correctly, it also allows a staff to strengthen unity and deepen community. I’m just thankful that I have someone like Wes that pushes me as a leader and wants to grow and develop personally and professionally.
Oh, and by the way, Wes has nothing to worry about in his evaluation! This year has been a breath of fresh air. And a year ago, I never would have thought that it would blow in from Connecticut. Thanks Wes! You are a great Youth Pastor and a great Worship Pastor. It is an honor serving with you. I am more excited about ministry and the future of our church than I have been in 20 years. And you have been an important part of that. Keep up the great work. The best is yet to come!