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Finding a Pastor, Part 2

Posted by Matt Postiff September 13, 2007 on Matt Postiff's Blog under Church 

I wanted to add some more "interview questions" to my earlier entry on finding a pastor. Some of these should be asked before the candidate ever comes for preaching, particularly the first three questions below:

  • What is your salvation testimony and call to the ministry?
  • Where are you serving now, what is your past church experience, and why are you leaving (if he is)?
  • Inquire from references regarding his past family history (divorce?), problems with character, money, immorality, pornography, drugs?
  • What do you believe are the components of the gospel?
  • Is the Bible inspired? (Yes). Inerrant? (Yes). In matters of faith only or science? (All that it touches)
  • What style of preaching do you do? (Expository, books, verse-by-verse...) At what level do you try to preach?
  • What do you believe about the doctrine of Trinitarianism?
  • What is justification?
  • In what kind of atonement do you believe?

Be sure to explore these areas deeply so you know what the candidate means by what the says.

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