The more reading I do about worldview, the more convinced I am that it is the most important knowledge to guide a Christian program evaluator.
Steve Wilkens and Mark L. Sanford, Hidden Worldviews, IVP Academic, 2009, describe a lived worldview as a group of answers to ultimate questions about reality (p. 209).
- What is the nature of being? As a human being what is my purpose?
- What is the nature of knowledge? How do we know anything? What is true knowledge?
- What values are primary? How do values guide my everyday living? What is good; what is evil?
“The great need for the Christian worker is to be ready to face Jesus Christ at any and every turn.” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, March 29, page 89.)
It occurs to me that as a Christian evaluator my relationship with Jesus has no time-out periods. I need to be just as ready to face him while I am in the field collecting data as I am in the sanctuary.
Many years ago I was on my way in a village to do interviews when a woman interrupted me to ask for prayer. I gently but firmly said that I could not take time to pray with her at the moment. She turned away and I continued on my way. Months later, during a worship service with hundreds of people, a member of the evaluation team described what I had done, and pointed to me while he said that I honored my profession more than my relationship with Christ.
That was when I realized that I was called to be Christian first and evaluator second. Meditate on Luke 12:35-48 (“Be ready for service and have your lamps lit….”) with an open mind and willing heart.
Meditate on Luke 18:31-34
Jesus steadfastly set his face toward Jerusalem, for the journey to Jerusalem was God’s purpose for his life. “The great thing to remember is that we go to Jerusalem to fulfill God’s purpose, not our own… in the Christian life we have no aim of our own (Chambers).”
Transformational development program stakeholders have a general purpose: to enable individual and social transformation by achieving the program goals. A key objective of transformative evaluation is to assist program stakeholders to understand at a deeper level what really matters in development. As an evaluator I will examine evidence related to accomplishment of program goals. But as a transformative evaluator I will work with stakeholders to facilitate humble exploration of their expectations in the light of God’s word.