I was asked by a friend of mine to put some questions together for her father’s church – which is just getting to the point of interviewing potential candidates. Below are the questions I submitted, along with my thoughts as to why they should ask them. What questions would you add to the list?
- Name four books you’ve read in the past year. If they can’t do this, wave good-bye. If they are only reading pop Christian writers, that’s not good either.
- Ask how far in advance they plan sermons. 3 months is acceptable, 6 months is better (I do a year, but I’m a freak). Any other answer means the pastor is likely only good at maintenance.
- Ask about hobbies, hobbies are good.
- Ask for them to summarize their beliefs. I know baptists “don’t do creeds” but I think that’s kinds dumb. At any rate, a clear sumary of basic Christian beliefs is what you’re looking for: Trinity, Incarnation, Jesus’ dual natures, purpose of the Church, etc. If they can’t do this, or can only say what they are against, you don’t want them.
- Ask about their friendships. Pastors who don’t have some deep friendships are burnouts waiting to happen.
- Ask to hear 2 regrets they have in their ministry experience, if they can’t, or if they are only regretful about what “they did/didn’t” do, you don’t want them.