Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Questions to Ask the Church Search Committee

Really, you should read the whole excellent blog post that inspired this (by Bruce Reyes-Chow) - but I'll whet your appetite with my personal top ten (or so) from his list of twenty-five. These are in no particular order
  • What has been the most imaginative thing that the church has done in the past year?
  • Are there any topics, issues, situations that have been treated, intentionally or unintentionally, as “off-limits” and if so, what are they and why do you think they have been avoided?
  • What have been the congregation’s behavior patterns when dealing with conflict?
  • Where in the church do you see the most life and energy and where has the church become a little stuck or calcified?
  • If the church closed its doors tomorrow, would the community miss its presence and if so, how?
  • Over the past 10 years how have most people found this church and if they have visited, why have they chosen to stay or not?
  • How does the congregation approach the use of technology and social media in the life of the church: communication, pastoral care, evangelism, administration and/or worship?
  • What are your expectations, spoken and unspoken, about how your next pastor will balance church and family time and energy?
  • With what church tasks and activities is there is agreement that the pastor should NOT be involved?
  • What about my gifts, experience and perspectives have lead you to think that there may be a call between you and I?
Bruce closes with this wonderful quote from Frederick Buechner:
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

article found courtesy of churchjobs.tv 


Anonymous said...

Are you sure you don't want to rename this post "how to eat a sacred cow during a job interview"


Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

Jim: moo. :-)