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A Year-End Personal Evaluation By Dr. Brian S. Simmons

Learn How to Effectively Complete a Personal Evaluation

Now is the best time of the year for personal evaluation.

This past year was a BIG one for our family.  We have a new normal!  Seven of our 12 grandchildren live here in Lexington, SC near us!  And, number 13 is on the way!! My wife, Bonnie’s, parents are in the Clinton season of afterglow and both approaching 90 years old, and we moved into a new home on Lake Murray in February.  Dr. Scott Rodin and I worked closely together to establish a new Center for Steward Leader Studies, and Columbia International University where I serve as Associate Provost for CIU Global is growing!  In the midst of all of the busyness, it is important from time to time to step back and think.  So, let me challenge you to make time for a year-end personal evaluation.

Conclusion of the Matter—Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”

Time for a simple self evaluation

Here is a simple questions to get you started.

  • What has God entrusted to your care?
  • What has He put you in charge of?
  • What are you to do to ensure that God will grant you success in everything you do? (Joshua 1:8)

Think of your stewardship roles… your vocational realms… write them out. On a scale of 1-10 for each area, rate your faithfulness to your Master.

  1. Are you happy with this score?
  2. Why did you give yourself this score?
  3. What can you do to improve your stewardship?
  4. What should you keep doing? Quit doing and Why?

It is sobering to realize that one day we will all give an account for how we have lived our lives to our Creator, God.  Here is the best advice I have to offer… It is a good idea to think about what you will say on judgement day before that day occurs!  The good news is that if you have areas where you need to do better, there is still time because you are still kicking! 

Year End Steward Leader Assessment

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.  The world and all its people belong to Him!” 

~ Psalm 24:1.

God is the Creator.  Since He created everything and everyone, He alone retains the rights of ownership for all He has created!  It is His prerogative, alone, how much or how little He chooses to entrust to the care of His stewards.  He lives in the realm of rights.  As His stewards, we live in the realm of responsibilities.  As His stewards, our responsibility is to faithfully use all He has SO graciously entrusted to our care to fulfill His purposes.  This brings meaning and purpose to our lives.  Of all that the Master has entrusted to our care, relationships are the most precious!

Directions:  Refer to this video

List your stewardship roles (ie vocational realms).  On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the highest and 1 the lowest) rate your effectiveness in each of your roles this year. 

Stewardship RolesRating (1-10)CommentsCommitments
Workplace Leader   
Small Group Leader   
Neighborhood Leader   
Christ Follower   
Non Profit Leader   

So, how are you doing? 

Take some time to get alone and think through this assessment. 

As you assess each of your stewardship roles, ask yourself “Am I happy with this score?”  If so, great!  If not, don’t despair because 2023 offers a new opportunity for improvement!  Once you have rated your effectiveness in each of your vocational realms, add comments about what went well and what didn’t in the past year. 

Finally, conclude with commitments for 2023.  For example, for an area with a high score your commitment could be “keep going!”  For a low score, what will you do differently in 2023?


“Life is a stewardship.  It is temporary.  You are accountable! “

-Andy Stanley

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.“

~I Corinthians 4:2.

A personal evaluation as the year closes may have the most profound impact on what comes next in 2023.


Dr. Brian S. Simmons is the Associate Provost and Professor  at Columbia International University.  He exists as a visionary builder to further the kingdom of God through Christian education, teaching, and influencing others.

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