I am hopefully winding up my ministry search. It is my hope and dream that this time next week, I will be able to announce that I have officially landed a ministry position and what the job entails. However, in this post, I want to share with you 3 questions that one church sent to me. I interviewed with numerous churches and filled out quite a few per-screening questionnaires. Some were very good and some were just plain awful in my opinion. The following from one church though (imo) was the best introductory questions ask. I think that after receiving the answers from the candidates, that they would definitely be able to narrow down the candidates. Here they are and combined the answers could only be 2-3 pages.
1. Please tell us about your self-understanding as a follower of Jesus Christ,
and how it relates to your potential role as Family Ministry Director.
2. Please give us as many examples as possible of the following outcomes
resulting from your past ministry leadership:
a. Numerical and spiritual growth of children, youth, and/or family
ministry. Please include details if possible.
b. Effective management of a large-scale ministry program that called
for visioning, strategic planning, long-range calendaring, and
c. Effective identification, training, and oversight of individual leaders
and leadership teams.
d. New and meaningful relationships among families in the
congregation where you were serving.
e. Effective pastoral care (outreach, counseling, crisis response) to
children, youth, and their families.
3. What are your impressions of tour denomination? Are there
any aspects of our denominationst theology or polity that you would
struggle to support? What is your general approach to theological,
political, and social diversity within a congregation?