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Note: These questions are somewhat generic and will have to be adapted for your particular church tradition/denomination/individual situation. If you happen to know who the author of this is, e-mail me and I will give him/her credit.  Barry L. Davis

        
             PASTOR'S  QUESTIONS  FOR  CHURCHES

                     During the Candidating Procedure


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                          INDEX

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1. Pay Package

2. Housing

3. Staff

4. Church Building

5. Administration

6. History

7. Pastoral Ministry

     Previous Pastor

     Priorities

     Preaching

     Expectations

8. Church Ministries

     Children

     Youth

     Adult

     Evangelism

     Worship & Music

     Other ministries

9. Vision & Goals

10. Other Matters

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1. PAY PACKAGE

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       salary    $__________           Conferences  $_______________

       car/gas   $__________           Seminars Training $__________

       insurance $__________           Study leave     ?________days

       IRA       $__________           Vacation Time    ?________wks

       FICA      $__________           Outside Speaking ?________wks

       F. Fund   $__________           Day Off       ?______________



  Total .........$__________



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2. HOUSING - PARSONAGE

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       parsonage value  $_________     size = large / med/ small

       parsonage allowance $______     garage ____

       stove ____ refrigerator ___     basement ____ finished ____

       dishwasher ____ W & dryer ____  heating ______

       rooms ______                    airconditioning _____

       baths ______                    phone _____

       carpeted ____                   closets _____

       fireplace ____                  attic _____

       rec rm   _____                  lawnmower ______

       dining rm_____                  appearance __________________



State of repair ____________________________________________________


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3. STAFF

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Paid =  Secretary  $_______   hrs ____    Volunteer = Organist _____

        Custodian  $_______   hrs ____                Pianist  _____

        Youth      $_______   hrs ____                Choir dir _____

        Others     $_______   hrs ____                Song leader ____


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4. CHURCH BUILDING

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     sanctuary ______             s.school rms _________

     seating cap ______           fellowship hall ________

     attendance  ______           gym _________

     color  ______                secretary office _______

     lighting  ______             pastors study   ________

     pew/chairs  ______           equipment -

     baptistry  ______              typewriter ________

     pulpit  ______                 computer ________

     sound sys  _____               printer ________

     asthetics  ______              copier ________

     foyer  ______                  phones ________

     nursery  ______                fax ________

     bathrooms  ______              projector/screen ______

     floor plan  ______             overhead  ______

     library  ______                answering machine ________

     meeting rm  ______             furnishings/tables/chairs _______



state of repair _____________________________________________________


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5. ADMINISTRATION

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Governing board - members ____   women? ____ elders ____ others ___



Board Positions ___________ _____________ _____________ _____________

  ___________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________



Committees ___________ _____________ _____________ _____________

   ___________ _____________ _____________ _____________ ____________



By-laws _________ copy ______



Annual rpt _________ copy ______



Policies __________



Annual mtg date ___________



Job descriptions __________



Accountability & reporting _________________________________________



Budget previous year 199___  ____________

Budget current year  199___  ____________



Income 199___   general fund ____________

                missions    _____________

                building    _____________

                other       _____________



Escrow accounts _____________________



Debts $________________   $___________________  $___________________



Members _______________  Adherants _________________



Legal matters pending ______________________________________________


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6. HISTORY

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Growth graph of pervious 10 yrs? ________________



Growth statistics for last 5 yrs? ________________



Annual Reports previous year _________   5 yrs ___________



Were there any pastoral moral problems ______________________________



Church Splits / Divisions / Fights



What is the church's traditional stand on ...



     Divorce & Remarriage

     Charismatic Movement

     Legalism (do's & don'ts)

     Theology (Arminian or Calvinist)

     Women in Ministry

     Abortion

     Church Discipline



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7.  PASTORAL MINISTRY

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Previous Pastor's length of stay? ________________________



Why did he leave ____________________________________________________



What were his strengths?

     1. ____________________________________________

     2. ____________________________________________

     3. ____________________________________________



What were his weaknesses?

     1. ____________________________________________

     2. ____________________________________________

     3. ____________________________________________



How do you expect a new pastor to be different?

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

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How do you expect a new pastor to be similar?

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What are the most important pastoral strengths? (scale 1 to 10 number one being most important, ten least important.) Pick only 10 leave the rest.


___ preaching       ___ administration        ___ study of Word

___ teaching        ___ planning & vision     ___ visit members

___ training        ___ planning activities   ___ visit new people

___ discipling      ___ resolving conflicts   ___ hospital visits

___ soul winning    ___ altar calls           ___ committee work

___ counseling      ___ prayer                ___ community leader

___ be a friend


                 PASTOR'S PRIORITIES



Prioritize the Pastors activities in order of importance

1. _______________________    6. ____________________

2. _______________________    7. ____________________

3. _______________________    8. ____________________

4. _______________________    9. ____________________

5. _______________________   10. ____________________


                  PASTORAL  PREACHING



What kind of preaching are you accustomed to? (place an "X")

What kind of preaching do you prefer? (Circle the item)


___Expositional                 ___Theological

___Textual topical              ___Practical

___Topical                      ___Grace filled

___Problem solving              ___Judgement filled

___No notes                     ___Illustrated

___From notes                   ___Straight exposition

___From a manuscript            ___Deep

___Without humor                ___Shallow

___With humor                   ___Witty

___Logical points               ___Serious

___One main point               ___Story telling

___Stationary                   ___Philosophical

___Animated                     ___Controversial

___Monotone                     ___Social

___Dynamic Inflection           ___Deeper Life

___Loud                         ___Evangelistic

___Soft                         ___How to...

___Emotional                    ___Convicting

___Intellectual                 ___Comforting



What length of sermons are you accustomed to?

___20 min   ___30 min   ___ 40 min   ___50 min   ___60 min


What length of sermons do you prefer?

___20 min   ___30 min   ___ 40 min   ___50 min   ___60 min


                  PASTORAL EXPECTATIONS



Role of the pastor (philosopy of ministry)



(The church board, or board of elders should be able to articulate their

philosphy of what a pastor is and is to do...if not...beware!)




Job description (Is there a written one?)







Accountability (How is the pastor made accountable? Evaluated?)






Preaching schedule  A.M. ______________   P.M. ______________



Sermons taped? ___________ tape library? ___________



Hours expected weekly _________ How divided? ___________Not_________



Day(s) off _____________



Counseling load ______________



Outside speaking ministries allowed? ___________________wks per year?



Training Seminars ? _______________per year



Continuing Education ______________wks or days per year



Expectations on the pastor's family?_________________________________



Expectations on the pastor's wife? __________________________________



Expectations on the pastor's children? ______________________________



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8.  MINISTRY (CHURCH BODY)

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What is the MAIN MINISTRY strength of this church?

       (its drawing power, what attracts people?)



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Missions statement (of purpose)



A> CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES



- How many S. School classes for children?

- Do you have trouble finding teachers?

- Are teachers trained?

- Do you have a regular teacher training program?

- How many children attend S.S. 0 - 12 years old

- Do you have a Nursery?

- Toddler church

- Primary or Junior church?

- VBS?

- Club program / Brigade/ Awana?




B> YOUTH MINISTRIES



- Do you have adult youth sponsors?          Youth Pastor?

- Junior High group?         How many?

- Senior High group?         How many?

- Do you have S.School classes for Jr & Sr High?

- When do the youth groups meet?         How often?

- Are there regular social/sports events for youth?

- Are the youth involved in the life of the church?      How?

___Choir  ___ Prayer Mtg ___ Drama ___ Puppets ___ other ____________





C> ADULT MINISTRIES



- How many adult S.School classes? __________ Age grouped or topical?

- Do you have qualified and gifted adult teachers?

- How many adults attend?

- Home Bible Studies? _______   How many?  _______

- Care Groups? _________  How many? ___________  How often? _________



- Do you have any interest group meetings:



___ weight watchers  ___ aerobics  ___ Al Anonymous  ___single parents



Other _______________________________________________________________



Is there a yearly Adult Retreat or Couples Retreat? _________________




D> EVANGELISTIC MINISTRIES



- Do you have an active Evangelism Committee or Team?

- What types of evangelism is the church carrying out?



E.E. ___  Scripture Distribution ___ Radio ___ Newspaper ___

Direct mail ___  Phones For You ___  Tracts  ___  Door to door ____

Visitation ___ Outdoor Services ___ Community Events ___ Events _____

Special Services ____ Concerts ____ Neighborhood Bible Studies ____



- Are people being saved? ___ How many last year?____ Year before___

- How are people coming to Christ? (What evangelistic tool works?)



E> WORSHIP & MUSIC MINISTRIES



- What kind of music do you use in worship services?



____ Traditional ____ Hymns _____ Choruses ____ Contemporary ____



- How would you describe your worship services.



____ Formal  ____ Informal ____ Quiet ____ Liturgical ____ Exciting



____ Worshipful ____ Inspiring ____ Free ____ Orderly ____ Noisy



Other _______________  _________________  __________________



Instrument used in worship?  Organ ______  Piano _______ Guitar _____



Drums ______ Brass instruments _____ Choir  _____




F> OTHER MINISTRIES



___ Promise Keepers

___ Newsletter

___ Publication

___ Radio

___ TV

___ Seminars

___ Special Services

___ Shut-ins

___ Counseling

___ Food & Clothing

___ Christian School

___ Nursery School

___ Day Care

___ Sports

___ Other

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Missions Conferences FALL? _______  WINTER? _______ Other? _______


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9. VISION AND GOALS

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- Do you have a Missions Statement (Statement of purpose)

- Have you planned for future growth and ministry?

- Do you have a 5 year plan _______ 10 year plan? __________

- Do you have specific written, measurable goals? __________

- What are they?


1. ______________________________    6. ___________________________

2. ______________________________    7. ___________________________

3. ______________________________    8. ___________________________

4. ______________________________    9. ___________________________

5. ______________________________   10. ___________________________



What size do you want your church to be in...


 1 years ____ 3 years ____ 5years ____ 10 years ____



What is the ideal & maximum size you desire?  IDEAL _______ MAX _____



Do you have specific building plans for the near future _______