The Personnel Committee would like to share the results of the “Feedback Opportunity” that we extended to the members in attendance during the past several weeks. A two-page form was handed out to approximately 55 members including a few of our young adults. Out of the 55 forms handed out, I received 15 forms back which may seem to be a really low number. Not really when you consider that most people rarely provide feedback when things are going well, most people share their opinion when asked if they are unhappy or things are going well.
Let me go ahead and say, I received NO feedback which indicated that a member was unhappy with the job that Rev Elam doing!
I apologize for the length of this article, but I feel it is necessary to provide as much data as necessary for everyone to get the big picture about what our members shared and what they indicated was most important to them. So, here goes.
There were 10 different topics to be considered, each person was asked to “rank their importance” from 1 to 10 (1 being most important),  so that the Personnel Committee could provide this feedback to the Pastor. The thought is that the Pastor only has so many hours in a week to do everything needed, and we need to help him to better understand what WE feel is most important. Here is a list of the way we ranked each topic, these are in order of Most Important to Less important:
Preaching and Worship Leadership –   
(26 points) average score 2.0
Spiritual Maturity –  
(36 points) average score 2.8
Motivator –                                   (54 points) average score 4.2
Collaboration -                                           (56 points) average score 4.3
Interpersonal Engagement -       (64 points) average score 4.9
Teacher -                                    (66 points) average score 5.1
Communicator -                        (67 points) average score 5.1
Personal Resilience -                (79 points) average score 6.1
Willingness to Engage Conflict (84 points) average score 6.5
Strategy and Vision/Leader of Change   (95 points) average score 7.3
Here are the complete descriptions which were provided with each topic:
Preaching and Worship Leadership - Is a consistently effective preacher and worship leader, Is able to inspire from the pulpit, communicates a clear and consistent message through sermons that are carefully prepared and artfully delivered, Projects the identity and character of the congregation through worship leadership presence
Spiritual Maturity - Shows strong personal depth and spiritual grounding, Demonstrates integrity by walking the talk and by responding with faithfulness of purpose, Is seen by others as trustworthy and authentic, Nurtures a rich spiritual life, Seeks the wisdom and guidance of appropriate mentors, Is able to articulate a clear and consistent theology
Motivator - Creates and sustains an organizational culture which permits others to provide the quality of service essential to high performance, Enables others to acquire the tools and support they need to perform well, Influences others toward a spirit of service and meaningful contributions to mission accomplishment.
 Collaboration - Has a natural orientation toward getting people to work together; Shares wins and successes, Fosters open dialogue; Allows people finish and be responsible for their work, Creates strong feelings of belonging among group members, Is a good judge of talent and can accurately assess the strengths and limitation of others.
Interpersonal Engagement - Displays a consistent ability to build solid relationships of trust and respect inside and outside of the organization, Engage people, organizations, and delivering results, Use negotiation skills and adaptability to encourage recognition of joint concerns, collaboration, and to influence the success of outcomes
Teacher - Creates learning environments where students are active participants as Individuals and as members of collaborative groups; designs lesson plans that teach concepts, facts, and theology; effectively uses multiple learning tools to reach a wide variety of learners, Revises instructional strategies based upon ministry/organization context.
Communicator - Advances the abilities of individuals and the organizations through active listening supported with meaningful oral and written presentation of information.
Personal Resilience - Learns from adversity and failure; picks up on the need to change personal, Interpersonal and leadership behaviors, Deals well with ambiguity; Copes effectively with change, Can decide and act without having the total picture; comfortably handles risk and uncertainty; Seeks feedback; Expresses personal regret when appropriate
Willingness to Engage Conflict - Steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; Reads situations quickly, Good focused listening; Can identify common ground and elicit cooperation from others crafting mutual solutions
Strategy and Vision/leader of Change - Sees ahead clearly, keeping focused on the larger picture; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately, Is future oriented casts a compelling and inspired vision for a preferred future, Sees possibility, Crafts breakthrough strategies.
The Personnel Committee would like to thank everyone who participated and provided feedback for the Pastor. If anyone has any questions relating to the information shared in this communication, please let us know and we will be glad to provide an explanation or answer your concerns.
If anyone has any comments or questions concerning the staff, Please feel free to contact me directly. If you happen to miss me at church, Please share any positive comments or learning opportunities for our group at [email protected] or leave me a message in the personnel box in the church office.
Thank You all, 
                                                                                       John Lowe