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Effective Ministry 360

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Effective Ministry 360

Effective Ministry 360 (EM360) is a formation process to support pastors and congregations in meeting annual conferences’ and local churches’ mission and ministry goals. Through the EM360, pastors and congregations can identify areas of success and opportunity within their local congregations. With EM360, congregations can establish clear ministry goals and plan ways to successfully meet those goals today and in the future.

Learn how to launch EM360, explore the Getting Started Videos and find annual conferences using the process.

Benefits of EM360

From the bishop to the local congregation, EM360 impacts the work of everyone in your annual conference. EM360 helps local pastors and staff/pastor-parish relations committees to identify the areas of effectiveness in ministry and guides congregations in establishing a formation plan to ensure ministry and mission goals are met. Bishops and district superintendents receive a comprehensive view of the ministry goals within a specific area or across the entire annual conference. EM360 keeps everyone in tune with what the ministry goals are and if the goals are accomplished

An online instrument, EM360 provides users with an easily accessible resource to not only measure ministry goals and effectiveness but identify unique opportunities for growth. Supported and powered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), EM360 can help you move your ministry forward, meeting the specific needs of your local congregation.

Proven Results

For more than 10 years, GBHEM has engaged in research to identify the components of effective ministry. Through this research and field testing, GBHEM has developed a tool to help churches identify and recognize pastoral and ministry effectiveness. The 360-degree survey is a vital part of the planning and goal-setting process for church pastors, congregations, district superintendent and bishops.

Through job analyses, focus groups, and surveys, GBHEM identified 12 dimensions of effective ministry and 46 personal attributes in the areas of abilities, personal characteristics, knowledge and skills that contribute to equipping the pastor for effectiveness in local church ministry.

Dimensions of Effective Ministry (PDF)
Attributes of Effective Ministry (PDF)


Process for EM360

All participants, the pastor, staff/pastor-parish relations committee members, district superintendent, and the pastor’s peer group, respond to questions about the pastor’s work and the attributes that the pastor exhibits. The pastor receives a report that highlights scores from each respondent group. The pastor and staff/pastor-parish relations committee then work through a guide to help interpret the report and develop a formation plan for future ministry, establishing steps to meet the church’s ministry goals. The district superintendent and bishop have access to a dashboard that shows results from all participating pastors in the district or conference.

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