Self-Assessment Exercise for Committees and Ministry Teams

Photo of newsprint with a pyramid with topics of "vulnerabiltiy-based trust," "creative conflict," "commitment to mission," "mutual accountability," "goals" (bottom to top) with a chart next to it aggregating the indivual scores for each item (in ranges of 3-5, 6-7, 8-9)

Based on Patrick Lencioni's book The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else, this team self-assessment will help your team work toward building trust, mastering conflict, meeting commitments, holding each other mutually accountable, and focusing on shared goals.

(90 minutes)


  1. Flip Chart, easel and markers


  1. Have everyone on your team complete the Congregational Leadership Team Assessmen (pdf) and score it using the key on the back.
  2. Aggregate the scores for each of the 5 Behaviors. (See illustration at right.)
  3. See where your team's strengths and growth areas are. Use the strategies on the Congregational Leadership Team Assessment to create or amend your bteam covenant.
  4. Consider revisiting your progress mid-year by repeating this exercise and comparing the aggregate team scores.

This exercise is part of the third in our suite of Leadership Development trainings: Strategic Leadership 301. We recommend it for board members, staff, program council members, ministry executive teams, finance committees, bylaws review committees, strategic planning committees, committees on ministry and any other leaders who need to think strategically.