Assessing yourself, your group or team, or the person you’re mentoring is important if you really want to grow in a full-circle pursuit of God. A simple assessment uses basic truths or principles from the Pursue God library as a framework for understanding where you’re winning and where you still need to improve. Just follow these steps:
Choose the assessment tool
Use Foundations to assess your spiritual progress or the development of someone you’re mentoring. Use Marriage Basics to evaluate your marriage or the marriage of people you’re helping. Use Mentor Training to assess your disciplemaking. Use Operations Training to evaluate how you’re doing in your area of ministry in the church. Use the Small Group Feedback Form with your team to assess the health of your small group.
Summarize the principles
Before you assess yourself or someone else, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of the basic truths or principles you’re using as a framework for evaluation. Summarize them in your own words before you move on to the assessment.
Assess with three questions
Now you’re ready to make an evaluation. Simply answer these three questions with the basic principles in mind:
- Where am I strongest right now?
- Where am I weakest right now?
- What can I do in the next month to move forward?
Remember that no one can pursue God for you. Make assessment a monthly habit to help yourself or someone else move forward in every area of life.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What are some advantages that come from regular self-assessment?
- Why is it worthwhile to take some time to evaluate the people you’re helping to pursue God?
- Point three suggests three key questions to ask to assess yourself and the people you are mentoring. Can you think of other relevant questions?
- As you evaluate the lives of others, how can you keep from becoming arrogant, judgmental, or frustrated with others?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.