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The following is an excellent list of pastor interview questions.  Although this is written from a very conservative baptist perspective, there are a lot of great questions here… feel free to modify to your situation and particular interview.

Pastor Interview Questions (sample list):

  1. There  are many who profess to know Christ who are mistaken.  What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God?
  2. 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?
  3. How  does your wife feel about your commitment to pastoring?
  4. Why  do you believe God wants you in the pastorate?
  5. 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.)
  6. 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?
  7. What  are your methods for involving yourself in the lives of your people as their  shepherd and overseer of their souls?
  8. What  activities characterize your evangelistic interest? What is your approach to  personal evangelism? corporate evangelism?
  9. What  is your approach to counseling? How do you handle your counseling load?
  10. What are your specific and regular  practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible  study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)?
Read the other pastor interview questions here:  55 Questions for a Prospective Pastor.
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During a radio interview with Sandy Rios of the American Family Association yesterday, Pastor Scott Lively said that homosexuality “is the issue of the end times” and that God brought on Noah’s flood “when they started writing wedding songs to homosexual marriage,” reports RightWingWatch.org (audio below). Pastor Lively said: “The last straw for God before He brought the flood was when they started writing wedding songs to homosexual marriage and Jesus said that you’ll know the end times because it will be like the days of Noah. There’s never been a time in the history of the world since before the flood when homosexual marriage has been open and celebrated, and that’s another sign that I believe that we’re close to the end.” Audio here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUI-HyfVw4Y // Read more here… I’m not quite sure what to say here…
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Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., recently shared how his 2011 book, Love Wins, led to a fallout with the congregation and forced him on a “search for a more forgiving faith.” Bell told The New Yorker that the book caused attendance at Mars Hill to plummet by 3,000 people.  According to the New Yorker: “The book put pressure on the people around Bell, who found themselves having to defend statements they might never have heard, let alone approved,” The New Yorker writes. “Congregants reported that friends and family members were asking why they were allowing themselves to be led by a false teacher,” the magazine continues. Wife of the megachurch pastor, Kristen Bell, remembers staying home from service for some weeks because she could not stand the criticism her husband was receiving for his book. “There was a cost,” Bell told The New Yorker. “And part of the cost was, we couldn’t keep doing what we were doing at Mars Hill,” she added. // Read more here:  Rob Bell Tells How ‘Love Wins’ Led to Mars Hill Departure.
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Will Mancini writes: Every year, Outreach Magazine provides a profile of the 100 Fastest-growing churches in the country. This year, they had a few interview spots entitled, “What I wish someone told me.” What really struck me are the common threads on vision and alignment. Look for how these pastors discuss clarity and unique calling. The big themes are as follows: Radical emphasis on mission and vision (including values and strategy) Willingness to “let people go” who don’t align with the vision Commitment to stop programs and cut ministry not aligned with the vision Now, listen to their own words form the 2012 special issue. Luke Barnett (@LWBarnett),  Phoenix First Assembly of God (12th Fastest-growing) At first you think the mobilizing leadership happens naturally, like leaders and volunteers and magically appear because you have a great idea, but that’s not so. Over time you learn that you have to be intentional in mobilizing and recruiting leaders and you have to develop the leaders that have bought into the vision and feel appreciated. John  Beukema (@John Beukema), King Street Church (39th Fastest-growing) Some people will never leave no matter what happens and some people will leave no matter what happens. Since that has been true, I wish I had been told how pitiful and unproductive it is to worry over who you retain and who you don’t. Just do the right things, be clear on your mission, and don’t get emotionally invested in who stays or goes. David Brown (@DavidBrown_Ave), The Avenue Church (44th Fast-growing) People do not have trouble committing to something. Look around at the ball fields and cheerleading meets. The church has been slow at giving them something worth committing to be in. When leaders are passionate about the vision God has given the local church and begin to share that vision people will follow. // Read more here:  “What I Wish Someone Had Told Me:” Pastors of the 100 Fastest Growing Churches Share on Vision and Alignment – Will Mancini. What do YOU wish someone would have told you about ministry 10 years ago? Todd
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Leadership is a big topic in the church these days. Heck… I work for “Leadership” Network. But some say our leadership culture has gone too far.  Lance Ford has written a new book called “UnLeaders”.  He’s a quote from Lance:
The leadership culture in the Church has fed a lot of egos and crowded out the character of Jesus in the name of leadership.
You can read this quote in full context of an interview here… As with anything, when we concentrate just on one thing, we will get derailed. I think leadership in the church is vitally important.  Without great leaders, churches flounder.  Seriously. But do you agree with Lance, that all this concentrate on leadership has fed egos and crowded out the character of Jesus? What do YOU think? Todd
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New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii has rented a local school gym for their services for the past 18 years.  They spend nearly $400,000 a year on rent that is paid for the school.  And in the past, they have even patched the roof when it was leaky, and made other physical improvements to the school building at their own cost. But when a nasty storm caused part of the school’s roof to collapse, some are pointing fingers at the church. Sometimes you just can’t win. Click here to watch the news reports and interview with Pastor Wayne Cordeiro. Thoughts?  
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Current Events
Chrislam, Schlislam. Even when Rick Warren says he believes Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven, I’m sure that there are some that will not believe him. Rick appeared on ABC This Week yesterday, and gave, what I thought was a great interview.  They talked about all kinds of things, from Tim Tebow to mormons, to gay marriage. Solid performance by Rick Warren: But my guess is that this won’t qualm many if any of Rick’s critics. And that’s where I totally agree with him on how we’ve lost our civility. Watch the interview.  I’d love to hear your thoughts… Todd
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Staffing
Consultant Charlie Balmer shares over at LifeHacker the reasons that he doesn’t hire people when they come in for an interview.  Charlie writes:
When you first walk in to my office, I am expecting you to be one of the 99%+ people who I know I won’t hire in the first 5 minutes. I am hoping I will be proven wrong, because I really want to hire you and be done interviewing. Unfortunately, most people looking for jobs don’t deserve them.
Here are some of the reasons: 1.  You send me a stupidly long resume 2.  You can’t tell me why you like your current job 3.  You have no career plans or vision 4.  You have no skills 5.  You answer my questions with conjecture. Then Charlie goes on to tell you how to win with your interview. If you’re looking for a new church job, this article will be helpful to you. And hey… while you’re at it… post your resume at my new churchjobs.tv website.  It’s free!
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Current Events
Tim Schraeder has written a wonderful synopsis of Joel Osteen’s appearance on Oprah’s new show over the weekend.  I think it’s worth your read. Some of the more interesting things to me: On preaching prosperity: Why would people think preaching prosperity is a bad thing?
  • I don’t know who would say that you aren’t supposed to leave your children better off than you were.
  • Prosperity isn’t just financial… it’s abundant life… body, soul, mind, and spirit.
  • You can’t be a blessing if you are poor, broke and depressed.
If you are poor, broke, and depressed is it because you aren’t praying enough or aren’t in alignment?
  • It’s a mixture of things.
  • I think there are forces trying to hold us all down.
  • A lot of it is just that we choose to accept things as they are.
  • We have to choose to rise out of it.
On criticism: You have been criticized by fundamentalists about the lack of doctrine or Christ in the messages… 
  • I try to search my own heart every morning.
  • I feel like if I am pure before God and my heart is right, I don’t have to listen to my critics or answer to them.
  • I answer to God.
  • I try to stay focused on what God has called me to do.
On money: Where does the money you live your life with come from?
  • We don’t take a salary from the ministry.
  • It comes from books sales and other things like that.
  • I don’t make apologies for God’s blessings.
  • We’re big givers, we practice what we preach.
  • Money should never be the focus of your life.
  • Your focus should be to be a blessings to others.
  • Wishing you were someone else is an insult to God.
  • He made each one of us as a masterpiece.
Universalism and Homosexuality: Are there many paths to get to the one God?
  • Jesus is the way to the one God.
  • And I believe there are many paths to Jesus.
  • I’m not into excluding people.
Are gay people also included?
  • Absolutely.
  • I believe gay people will be accepted in Heaven.
  • We look at being gay as being a bigger sin than being prideful.
  • I don’t believe God categorizes sins.
  • We are all changing.
  • We need to be willing to change and grow.
  • Heaven is open for all of us.
Are you saying that being gay is a sin?
  • I believe homosexuality is a sin, according to the Bible.
  • When I read the Scripture with good faith, I see it as being a sin.
Overall, it looks like a good performance by Osteen. Your thoughts? Take a moment to read more of Tim’s synopsis of the whole interview here…      
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