But in this 2005 piece Patricia Hayes shares what she calls an model for an Annual Spiritual Check-Up. I love it, and in a recent conversation in one of the FaceBook groups I follow I suggested that something like this might be a way to measure "success" in our congregations -- how are people doing in their annual "check-up" over time.
Being reminded of this piece led me to think of sharing it with the TJMC community. So here goes:
A Model for an Annual Spiritual Checkup
Here are ten questions any person could use as an annual review of his or her discipleship and ministry:
How has your prayer life been this year? Blossoming? Fading? Faltering? Open? Routine? Is this an area that needs more focus for you?
What have you studied this year (formally or informally)? What have you learned?
Are you worshiping at least weekly? How has that time been? Highs? Lows? Are you taking time to prepare or "just showing up"?
- Leader Skills
Do you sense that your capacity to lead has increased? Are you observing the leadership of others? What are you learning?
- Community Building
How are you helping your congregation to thrive, formally and informally?
Where have you been visible in your faith? What blocks you from action?
- Serving Others
Where have you served God this year?
- Sense of Growth
Where do you feel you have grown this year-spiritually, emotionally, in terms of relationships, or in terms of knowledge?
How is your sense of living a balanced life? Do you keep sabbath?
- Growing Edge - Stretching Beyond the Comfort Zone
If we accept that we are not living in the fullness of the kingdom, where are you called to focus in the coming year?
So ... how was your check-up this year?