Thursday: Evaluating for Church Growth
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The very reason why our church exists is the reason why we evaluate. We believe that the Seventh-day Adventist Church has been raised up at this particular time in earth’s history as part of God’s plan to take the gospel to the world. In other words, we exist to win souls for the kingdom. Read Revelation … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Evaluating for Spiritual Growth
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“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart’”(1 Sam. 16:7, NKJV). Previously in this study guide we have … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: What the Lord Asks
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Read the following verses and then, keeping in mind the context of this week (the whole quarter, actually), answer the questions that follow: “ ‘And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Evaluate Kindly
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While there are many benefits to evaluation, there are some pitfalls that we must be aware of and avoid. If we are overly active in evaluation, and mostly focus on the negatives, there is the potential to create a critical environment that will discourage and decrease your pool of volunteers. To avoid evaluation being perceived … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Why Evaluate?
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Evaluation will take place whether we realize it or not. Evaluation is being undertaken every Sabbath and at every public meeting. People evaluate the content, clarity, and even the length of the sermon, and those who attend public meetings expect a high level of professionalism. Wherever and whenever people have expectations there will be evaluation. … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Evaluating Witnessing and Evangelism
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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Cor. 13:5-6; Heb. 10:24-25; Deut. 10:12-13; Matt. 23:15; Rev. 14:6-7. Memory Text: “To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry” (Proverbs 25:12, NLT). Key Thought: It is a mistake to become involved in God’s great task of evangelism without effective evaluation. Too often we are satisfied with … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Let the Church Know
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Reporting Your Ministry As we have seen this week, others need to know what you are doing. Specific reports such as attendance figures and financial statements are certainly necessary. It is also important that you present reports at church evangelism councils and church boards. While a verbal report may touch briefly on the main points, … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Loved Into the Church
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Stephanie lives in Denmark, a largely secular country. When Stephanie experienced bullying in her middle school, she transferred to an Adventist school. Although at first she thought it was strange to have so many religion classes in school, Stephanie appreciated the accepting attitude of the teachers and students. She quickly made friends in the school, … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Giving Him the Glory
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Some people are hesitant to turn in successful reports because they wonder if it is a form of boasting in human achievement. In reality, however, by faithful reporting God is glorified, and His church is strengthened in the faith and resolve to continue working for Him. While it is true that occasionally someone may report … [Click to read more …]