Possible Questions for your prospective pastor

These questions are definitely a little or a bunch of overkill but it will do you good to review them and pick out the ones that you should ask the pastor that you and your church are considering calling as your pastor. There is no more important position in the ministry than the pastor. Many churches move too quickly without checking references and talking well with the pastor. Once he is in it may be a little too late to do much about it.  I challenge you to talk well with the man you are concerning.  I also challenge you to check every church where the man has ministered to see what problems he has experienced.  If they were severe enough to cause him to be asked to leave you must check them out very well to be sure and not make the same mistake that others have made.  Read below and then let me know what you think of the questions.  I may have repeated something so I would really appreciate you showing me anything that I could do to better this post.  

  1. Please give a detailed description of how you came to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and are absolutely sure that you will go to Heaven when you die?  Support your conclusions with Biblical references. 

  2. Explain your call to the ministry and specifically to the pastorate.  Have you ever considered not being a pastor or leaving the pastorate? (Listen to his excitement and commitment to the ministry or lack there of.) 

  3. Do you have a personal mission statement that guides your decisions and purposes? 

  4. How have you equipped yourself to be most useable to God? (Formal education, practical training and personal study.) 

  5. What do you believe God has called you to do? 

  6. What is your philosophy of ministry? 

  7. What are your personal goals? 

  8. What are your professional goals? 

  9. What experience have you had in church work? Can you name several entire families that you have lead to Christ, baptized, and that are faithful, giving members in the church today? 

  10. What sizes of churches have you worked in, either as a member or a leader? 

  11. What has been your experience working with deacons and/or church councils? 

  12.  What has been your most difficult experience working with a deacon or another church staff member? 

  13. What do you consider to be a well-balanced program in a church? 

  14. What do you feel is the role of preaching in the total scope of your ministry? 

  15. What do you believe about the Bible? 

  16. Tell us about the last evangelistic conversation that you had? 

  17. How have you led your churches in the past in organized visitation? 

  18. What do you feel is an appropriate visitation plan for people in the hospital, in the nursing homes and shut-ins at home? 

  19. How do you view the role of the pastor in the church? 

  20. What do you think is God’s intent is for the church today? 

  21. How are you seeking to make the gospel relevant to today’s society? 

  22. What do you sense to be the greatest need of people in the pews? 

  23. How does your wife feel about your commitment to pastoring? How do your children respond? 

  24. Why do you believe God wants you in the pastorate? 

  25. Closely examine each of the Bible’s qualifications for pastors and deacons (1 Tim. 3; Titus 1:5-9;             Acts 6:1-6; 1 Pet. 5:1-4). Which are you strongest qualities? With which requirements do you have the          most trouble? Why do you believe these areas of difficulty do not presently disqualify you from ministering? (Note the phrase “must be” in 1 Tim. 3:2.) 

  26. A pastor is charged by God to preach to the church and to shepherd the people in a more individual way. Which aspect of the ministry appeals to you the most? What are some specific ways you could be helped to develop your skills in either of these areas? 

  27. What are your methods for involving yourself in the lives of your people as their shepherd and overseer of their souls? 

  28. What activities characterize your evangelistic interest? What is your approach to personal evangelism? Corporate evangelism? 

  29. What is your approach to counseling? How do you handle your counseling load? 

  30. What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)? 

  31. How would you describe a successful pastor? How would you describe a successful church? 

  32. How is the pastor held accountable? What relationships in your life currently provide accountability for responsible attitudes and behavior, both personally and as pastor? 

  33. Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year? 

  34. Describe an instance when you made attempts to reform the church in some significant area. What were the results? What did it cost you personally? 

  35. Describe your leadership style. What have been some weaknesses? Strengths? 

  36. When you have met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your style of leadership, your personality, your beliefs, or something else? 

  37. According to your observations, what doctrines need special emphasis in our day? 

  38. What is true biblical repentance? 

  39. What is true biblical faith? 

  40. Explain justification by faith. What is the difference between the Catholic view of justification and the biblical view? 

  41. Please explain your view of sanctification. What are the various means God uses to sanctify the believer? 

  42. Can a person have Christ as his Savior without submitting to Him as Lord? Explain. 

  43. What is your position on the inerrancy of Scripture? 

  44. Explain the biblical term “baptism of the Spirit.” When does this baptism occur? 

  45. What are your views on baptism by water? 

  46. How does the Bible relate the sovereignty of God to salvation? 

  47. What does the Bible teach about the extent of man’s depravity? 

  48. What does Christ’s atonement accomplish? 

  49. What does the Bible teach about the perseverance and preservation of believers? 

  50. What is the proper use of the Old Testament law? 

  51. How do you articulate your present view of end-time or eschatological issues? 

  52. Do you believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin? What is the significance of your belief? 

  53. What is your interpretation of the biblical teaching on Hell? 

  54. Do you believe that the events described in Genesis 1-11 are factual or symbolic? 

  55. What does the Bible teach concerning spiritual gifts? Please delineate your views about prophecy and speaking in tongues. 

  56. What is your view of divorce and remarriage? How strictly will you follow this view in practice? 

  57. What is your view of the phrase, “The bishop [pastor] then must be…the husband of one wife” (1 Tim. 3:2)? 

  58. What are your requirements for performing a marriage ceremony? 

  59. Please explain your views on church discipline. Relate any personal experience. 

  60. How would you handle a case of scandal or immorality by a church member? 

  61. What is your view on abortion? 

  62. Many children who appear to be converted at an early age show no evidence of knowing Christ later. How do you handle children when they come to you for counsel concerning conversion? What is your advice to parents? 

  63. What is a useful plan for receiving new members into the church? What are prerequisites? 

  64. What are your views on styles of church music? 

  65. Who should direct the worship of the church? Why? Which methods of leading corporate worship are appropriate? Which are inappropriate? 

  66. What does the Bible teach is the purpose of the church’s weekly gathering? 

  67. What are your views regarding raising money for various projects within the church? Should the church solicit those outside the church? 

  68. What are your convictions about the local church and debt? 

  69. What does the bible teach about women in pastoral ministry? 

  70. What does the Bible teach about how churches should make decisions? 

  71. How should a pastor and his church relate to other churches locally and nationally? Do you feel comfortable cooperating with other denominations? Do you draw any lines? 

  72. What are the biblical responsibilities of elders? Are there any distinctions between elders, pastors, and overseers? If applicable, what distinctions exist between staff and non-staff pastors? 

  73. What are the biblical responsibilities of deacons? How are deacons and elders to relate? 

  74. What emphasis do you give to the leadership of fathers with their families, especially in terms of family worship? Do you personally engage in family worship with your wife and children? 

  75. What is your missionary vision for the church? How are you currently demonstrating missionary interest and involvement? 

  76. Give a testimony of your service for the Lord with details as to where, when, and how long with contact references for the church offices and members of the church. 

  77. Can you supply a personal list of references that would include friends, family, each ministry or work opportunity that you have had before? 

  78. How have you seen God work in your ministry by reaching, baptizing, discipling, and growing a work for the Lord Jesus Christ? 

  79. What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life? Do you see true biblical love toward God in the lives of your wife and each of your children? 

  80. Why do you believe God wants you in the pastorate? 

  81. A pastor is charged by God to preach to the church and to shepherd the people in a more individual way. Which aspect of the ministry appeals to you the most? What are some specific ways you could be helped to develop your skills in either of these areas? 

  82. What are your methods for involving yourself in the lives of your people as their shepherd and overseer of their souls? 

  83. What activities characterize your evangelistic interest? What is your approach to personal evangelism? Corporate evangelism? 

  84. What is your approach to counseling? How do you handle your counseling load? 

  85. What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)? 

  86. How would you describe a successful pastor? How would you describe a successful church? 

  87. How is the pastor held accountable? What relationships in your life currently provide accountability for responsible attitudes and behavior, both personally and as pastor? 

  88. Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year? 

  89. Describe an instance when you made attempts to reform the church in some significant area. What were the results? What did it cost you personally? 

  90. Describe your leadership style. What have been some weaknesses? Strengths? 

  91. When you have met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your style of leadership, your personality, your beliefs, or something else? 

  92. What is true biblical repentance? 

  93. What is true biblical faith? 

  94. Explain justification by faith. What is the difference between the Catholic view of justification and the biblical view? 

  95. Please explain your view of sanctification. What are the various means God uses to sanctify the believer? 

  96. Can a person have Christ as his Savior without submitting to Him as Lord? Explain. 

  97. What is your position on the inerrancy of Scripture? 

  98. Explain the biblical term “baptism of the Spirit.” When does this baptism occur? 

  99. What are your views on baptism by water? 

  100. How does the Bible relate the sovereignty of God to salvation? 

  101. What does the Bible teach about the extent of man’s depravity? 

  102. What does Christ’s atonement accomplish? 

  103. What does the Bible teach about the perseverance and preservation of believers? 

  104. What is the proper use of the Old Testament law? 

  105. How do you articulate your present view of end-time or eschatological issues? 

  106. Do you believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin? What is the significance of your belief? 

  107. What is your interpretation of the biblical teaching on Hell? 

  108. Do you believe that the events described in Genesis 1-11 are factual or symbolic? 

  109. What does the Bible teach concerning spiritual gifts? Please delineate your views about prophecy and speaking in tongues. 

  110. What is your view of divorce and remarriage? How strictly will you follow this view in practice? 

  111. What is your view of the phrase, “The bishop [pastor] then must be…the husband of one wife” (1 Tim. 3:2)? 

  112. What are your requirements for performing a marriage ceremony? 

  113. Have you ever been married before?  Please explain. 

  114. Please explain your views on church discipline. Relate any personal experience. 

  115. How would you handle a case of scandal or immorality by a church member? 

  116. What is your view on abortion? 

  117. Many children who appear to be converted at an early age show no evidence of knowing Christ later. How do you handle children when they come to you for counsel concerning conversion? What is your advice to parents? 

  118. What is a useful plan for receiving new members into the church? What are prerequisites? 

  119. What are your views on styles of church music? 

  120. Who should direct the worship of the church? Why? Which methods of leading corporate worship are appropriate? Which are inappropriate? 

  121. What does the Bible teach is the purpose of the church’s weekly gathering? 

  122. What are your views regarding raising money for various projects within the church? Should the church solicit those outside the church? 

  123. What are your convictions about the local church and debt? 

  124. What does the bible teach about women in pastoral ministry? 

  125. What does the Bible teach about how churches should make decisions? 

  126. How should a pastor and his church relate to other churches locally and to the larger body? Do you feel comfortable cooperating with other denominations? Do you draw any lines? 

  127. What are the biblical responsibilities of elders? Are there any distinctions between elders, pastors, and overseers? If applicable, what distinctions exist between staff and non-staff pastors? 

  128. What are the biblical responsibilities of deacons? How are deacons and elders to relate? 

  129. What emphasis do you give to the leadership of fathers with their families, especially in terms of family worship? Do you personally engage in family worship with your wife and children? 

  130. What is your missionary vision for the church? How are you currently demonstrating missionary interest and involvement? 

  131. What will your past church members/leaders tell me about you? 

  132. Do you practice and promote speaking in tongues? 

  133. What is your view of the priesthood of the believer? 

  134. Explain your work ethic.  How will you handle your normal work week? 

  135. What do you plan to be doing in 5 years? 

  136. If we do a credit check on you, what will we discover? 

  137. What do (did) you like most about your current church position? 

  138. What do (did) you like least about your current church position 

  139. What is your leadership style? 

  140. What were your duties on your last job? What type of supervision did you have? 

  141. What was the biggest frustration in your last church? 

  142. What were you passionate about at your last church? 

  143. What is the most difficult task you have had to complete? 

  144. What do you know about our church? 

  145. What appeals most to you about this church? 

  146. What strengths do you bring to this position? 

  147. If you were hiring someone for this ministry, what qualities would you look for? 

  148. What motivates you? 

  149. Tell me about a problem you encountered with one of your church members. What was the specific problem? How did you handle it? 

  150. Tell me about a particular problem you weren’t able to solve. What happened? 

  151. Give me an example of a time when you went beyond what was expected of you. 

  152. Tell me about a situation that got you really upset. What did you do? What was the result? 

  153. Describe a time when your routine was upset by an emergency or unforeseen circumstances.  What did you do about it? 

  154. Tell me about a situation when you anticipated a problem with a church member or co-worker. How did you handle it? 

  155. Can you describe a recent problem that you solved in a new or creative way? 

  156.  Why do you want to minister in our church? 

  157. What is your view of pastoral authority? 

  158. How do you feel the pastor should relate to other staff members in the church? 

  159. What do you perceive to be your strengths in ministry? 

  160. How would you describe your leadership style? 

  161. Which areas of pastoral ministry do you enjoy the most? 

  162. Which areas of pastoral ministry do you enjoy the least? 

  163. What are three of your top priorities in life? 

  164. How do these priorities find expression in your life? 

  165. What is your style of conflict management/resolution in the church? 

  166. To what degree do you utilize technology in your ministry? 

  167. What is your normal approach to promoting/leading change in the life of the church? 

  168. How would you describe your organizational skills? 

  169. How would you describe your promotional skills? 

  170. How would you describe your preaching style? 

  171. How would you describe your delegation skills? 

  172. How would you like to be remembered at the end of your life on earth? 

  173. Do you feel that you could handle the role of pastor at this church? 

  174. How would you define the “church”? 

  175. What do you perceive to be the purpose of the church? 

  176. What are some of your pet peeves in church life? 

  177. What do you believe are the roles of deacons in the church? 

  178. What do you believe are the roles of women in the church? 

 

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