We hope this finds you well and warm!
You will find attached to this letter, an assessment form that will be used again this year in the assessment of clergy appointed in the NC Conference. In recent years, we have had S/PPRCs ask if there is a standard process of evaluation for the pastor and other appointed clergy. Pastors also ask and have a genuine interest in developing skills and growing in faithfulness as a leader of the church. In response to requests from the districts of our conference, the Bishop and Cabinet approved this evaluation for use last year. This form was received well and was used with much success, so we are going to use the same one this year.
The first page of the document suggests introducing this tool at the first meeting of 2020 when the S/PPRC committee and clergy are together. We understand that this is arriving a little late, so we ask that this document be distributed to each member of the committee, review it together, and comment as necessary so that members of the committee and the clergy may anticipate the process of evaluation near the end of the year. Once all comments are gathered, we ask that you take those responses and combine them into one assessment that is entered into the online form. Please complete this form no later than November 30, 2020.
If there is a transition of leadership in June, you will have the document to share with the newly appointed leaders and the process will not be interrupted.
Finally, in asking for this assessment, the reports that have become part of the charge conference for each church have been streamlined. We do not wish to duplicate, and we greatly appreciate your leadership, as clergy and lay members of the Body of Christ. Above all, we affirm the strong leadership and witness of all our clergy who seek to offer their best and to live in a way that inspires faith, hope, and love, for the sake of Jesus Christ. We pray that the clergy and the local church will “grow from strength to strength,” as you provide support and reflection on the ministries of all.
Grace and peace to you all,
The District Office Staff
by request of the District Superintendents of
The NC Conference of the United Methodist Church
To print or share the Ministry Assessment with the S/PPRC Team, you are encouraged to use this: https://districts.nccumc.org/files/2020/02/clergy-assessment-template-for-printing-updated.pdf