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From: Increasing our impact – Footsteps 50

How to understand the impact we are having and adjust our work accordingly

Assessing our work

The Bible has many examples of occasions when people’s lives and activities are examined, usually for the purpose of strengthening their relationships with God.

Read Genesis 1: 31

We are told that, ‘God saw all that he had made and it was very good’. After working for six days, God looked back at what he had done and saw everything he had made. This was clearly an assessment of his handiwork. Having satisfied himself that all he had made was very good, he rested on the seventh day. The first activity that took place in the world was thus evaluated.

Read Lamentations 3:40

God’s people are encouraged to examine their ways and test them in order to return to a good relationship with God. The act of examining and testing our ways is essentially evaluation.

Read 2 Timothy 4:7-8

The apostle Paul was able to say with confidence that he had kept the faith and finished all that God had asked of him.

Many churches and development projects do not evaluate their work unless there is some problem, crisis or a request from a donor agency. Evaluation requested from donors can be seen as a lack of trust and viewed with suspicion. However, it is apparent that this is not the biblical perspective. Christians need to see evaluation as something positive that we should do ourselves for our own benefit to help us live our lives in the way God wants us to. It will also help us to avoid making serious mistakes.

Danladi Musa is a Regional Advisor for Tearfund based in Jos, Nigeria. He was Executive Secretary of CRUDAN for many years.

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