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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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Need a boost to get you going today?  Fast Company has compiled a list of great articles that will give you some practical advice on being productive this year.  A new year brings a ton of new opportunity… but if you’re like me, the excitement of the new year can wear off quickly (probably by noon) when you get back into the swing of all that needs to be done. Take a look and see which of these resources might help you today: 11 Productivity Hacks From Super-Productive People Need something to light a fire under you in the New Year? Here’s your match. How To Outsource Your Most Dreaded Tasks If a task has you wringing your hands, there is a solution–don’t do it. Here’s how to move the things you hate off your plate in the name of productivity. How To Set Goals That Will Keep You Fulfilled And Focused Goals aren’t just a to-do list. When you set them properly, goals can motivate you to be more productive and give you a greater sense of purpose. For Successful People, Planning The Weekend Is Just As Important As Planning The Week You deserve a great weekend. Here’s how to plan ahead so you can relax and revitalize yourself for Monday. Your Weekend Has 60 Hours–Here’s How To Wring The Most Out Of Them Do your weekends fly by too fast? Craft weekends that are memorable, relaxing, and productive with these 10 tips from productivity expert Laura Vanderkam. The Most Productive Way To Meet Your Company’s Goals This Year: Choose Just One Word There’s a better way than numbers and goals to refocus your company and motivate your employees. All it takes is one word. Increase Your Productivity With 2 Questions Half the battle is knowing what to do and what not to do. Lisa Bodell, CEO of FutureThink, shares the two questions she asks herself to distinguish a good idea from a bad one. GTD! Q&A With “Getting Things Done” Author David Allen Personal productivity guru and popular author David Allen, the guy behind Getting Things Done, talks with Fast Company readers about how to get more done with less stress.
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Leadership
Christopher Keating is a PCUSA pastor who wrote this piece for a St. Louis newspaper.  He writes about the most common things people tell him as a pastor.  Take a look at the list and see if this rings true in your ministry:
  • I don’t know how to pray. In my experience, this is hinted at more than it is clearly stated. A family is going through a difficult time, or a protracted illness. The person feels detached from their spiritual moorings, isolated, exhausted, lonely. Their experience of God has gone stale, and yet, they still long for God’s presence.
  • I’m angry at God. It is surprising to me how many folks need permission to be angry at God. Scripture is filled with examples of people who felt as though God gave them the raw deal. Again, I often remind folks that lament is a type of prayer. Anger is healthy, but too often we let emotions boil over into destructive rage.
  • I’m dying. Nothing in life prepares us for our own death. My wife, who is a hospice chaplain, remarks that we go to classes to prepare for childbirth, but often do not spend a moment preparing for the other certainty in life.
  • I’m broke. Years ago, we had dinner with church members who owned a car dealership. The dealership was tanking, yet somehow the husband had not found the courage to share this bit of news with his wife. For whatever reason, he chose to disclose this fact over dinner with the pastor.
  • I’m gay. In the 90s, this conversation was sometimes accompanied with “and I have HIV/AIDs.” Back then, I remember the pain of a church member who disclosed that her son had AIDs. I asked if we could put him on the prayer concern list. She shook her head, and began to cry, “None of our friends would accept him.”
  • I’m having an affair. Frankly, this is the most troubling. Someone comes in confidence, not wanting to engage their spouse in conversations. Pastors run the risk of being put in a triangled relationship. In most cases, I’m glad to listen but quickly point out marriage counselors are better equipped for these situations.
  • I’ve been thinking about coming back to church. Life can be hard, and sometimes people take sabbaticals from participating in church. In my experience, some people who might be willing to start coming back are embarrassed, or worried that someone will call attention to them. They imagine well-intentioned greeters loudly exclaiming, “Well, look whose here!”
I’m wondering… for those of you who have been in the ministry 10+ years… are these the questions people are asking now the most? And how does this differ from the questions people were asking most 10 or 20 years ago? What’s your insight? // Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/civil-religion/christopher-keating/stuff-people-say-to-pastors/article_21211226-4878-11e1-afc3-0019bb30f31a.html#ixzz1kfJh8dIl
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Staffing
Perry Noble had a great post this week.  These are seven questions that he thinks every staff person should be asking themselves.  Here are the questions… head over to Perry’s blog for more detail on each one. 1.  Would I attend this church if I were not on staff? 2.  Would I volunteer in the area I am working in if I were not on staff? 3.  Do I feel entitled? 4.  Am I a tither? 5.  How clean is my office/work area? 6.  How much do I complain about my job? 7.  Am I concerned about my particular area/team… OR about the church as a whole? As a staff member… how do you answer these questions.  I’m wondering your response, especially to questions 1 & 2.  You can leave them anonymously here in the comments section if you like. Over all, would you attend your church if you were not on staff?  And would you enjoy volunteering in your own area? Todd
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Leadership
Leading Blog had a very good post recently about five great questions every leader should ask him/herself. It comes from a book called The Mirror Test. Author Jeffrey Hayzlett says the first question you need to ask is not really “How do you lead?” but “Can you lead?” If your answer is yes, then ask yourself the following: 1.  Am I acting like myself or trying to be someone else?  (Are you trying to be yourself, or Andy Stanley, Perry Noble, or [insert your favorite leader here]?) 2.  Can I read the signs in my church and be decisive and do the things every leader must do to succeed? (Are you willing to see what needs to change, and make the touch decisions to change it?) 3.  Am I the right fit for what I am doing in my church? Am I doing what I do best?  (Do you find yourself doing things other competent people should be doing?  Why are you doing what you’re doing?) 4.  Am I dealing honestly with my employees and making them part of my church?  (Is your staff your ‘family’ and ‘team’ or do you use them as an means to an end?) 5.  Can I eliminate the external (employee) and internal (ego) obstacles that hold my church and me back?  (Can you make the touch decisions about your staff and your own ego that keep most churches stuck in the mud?) Being a good leader means knowing not only your strengths, but also your faults.  It means pulling your head out of the sand and dealing with problems head-on.  And it means getting yourself out of work and decisions that you are not best suited for.  In essence, leadership means that you have to ultimately give up control of many, many things.  But not only do you have to give up control, you have to empower those who are many times brighter than you in certain areas to run with the ball.  That takes a leader that has confidence in his/her own abilities, but also in the abilities/talents of their team. How did you do in answering these five questions?  What changes could you make today to make a positive difference in the direction of your ministry? Todd
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