Section 1 Questions
Skills needed for pastoral leadership: competency levels
A. Leading Worship
Consider the intern's poise and presence, voice and language as s/he reads scripture, leads prayer and conducts liturgy.
Consider biblical interpretation, connection to the congregation/community, use of illustrations and organizational clarity, as well as delivery of sermons.
C. Teaching Adults
Consider teaching methods, including the ability to facilitate discussion and create a comfortable learning environment, as well as the quality, depth and presentation of concepts.
D. Teaching Youth and Children
Consider both material and presentation for various age groups.
Consider the ability to welcome and interact with strangers as well as offering a witness to Jesus Christ.
F. Pastoral Care
Consider the ability to develop trusting relationships, listen empathetically, respond to crisis and grief situations, discern the needs of people and respect confidential information.
G. Visionary Leadership
Consider the intern's attitude about the ELCA, ecumenical relationships as well as his/her ability to provide leadership for mission.
H. Theological Understanding
Consider the intern's ability to speak clearly and with insight about the Christian faith from a Lutheran perspective.
Consider the intern's ability to work with committees, deal with change and conflict, respond constructively to criticism and accomplish tasks in a timely manner.
J. Stewardship Leader
Consider the intern's ability to articulate and model Christian stewardship of one's life, talents and money.
K. Leadership of Social Ministry
Consider the intern's sensitivity to issues of need and justice in the community, and his/her ability to empower others to respond out of their faith commitment.
Section 2 Questions
Personal characteristics needed for pastoral ministry
A. Call to ministry
How would you describe the intern's sense of "call to ministry?"
How effective has the intern been in accomplishing his/her learning/service goals?
How prepared do you think the intern is for the realistic demands of ministry?
D. Key Relationships
1. Describe the nature and quality of the intern's relationship with the internship committee.
2. Describe the nature and quality of the intern's relationship with the pastor/supervisor.
3. Describe the nature and quality of the intern's relationship with the staff.
E. Congregation's experience
How would you describe the intern's general temperament/disposition as has been experienced in the congregation (e.g. angry, nervous, confident, casual, careless, serious, joyful, flexible, controlling, adaptive, etc.)?
F. Receiving feedback
How would you describe the intern's ability for self-awareness and response to feedback?
G. Work habits
How would you describe the intern's work habits?
Please describe the intern's greatest strengths for ministry.
I. Growth areas
Please identify areas which need further growth. What new insights, knowledge or skills does the intern need to become more fully competent for pastoral ministry?
J. Further development
What, specifically, should the intern be working on for the balance of this internship? (Mid-point)
What, specifically, should the intern be working on in the coming year? (Final)
(for use on the Final Evaluation only)
Recommendation to the seminary (choose one):
- Unconditional recommendation for pastoral ministry in the ELCA.
- Conditional recommendation for pastoral ministry in the ELCA.
- Not recommended for pastoral ministry in the ELCA.
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