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A church recently asked me what questions their search committee should be prepared to answer when interviewing a candidate.
Below are the top five questions I think every interviewer should be prepared to answer and every candidate should ask. In the nervousness of making a good impression and thinking through answers to a million hypothetical questions, it is easy for a candidate to leave an interview having learned very little about the potential employer.
Clear and thorough communication on this issue could save you a lot of heartache in the future, both at church and home.
Spend as much time preparing to ask questions as you do to answer them.
3) What (or who) will be the biggest roadblocks to my success in this position?From Leadership Journal: 29 Questions to Ask the Pulpit Committee Questions you may want to ask:1. Ask what Christian education (Sunday School, etc.) curriculum they use.5. Ask questions about the church’ s or pastor’s stand on key issues (divorce, separation, Bible versions, church discipline, etc.) Our Message Board is open to any pastor's wife who has registered.Ask for a church constitution, by-laws, articles of faith, standard for workers, etc.2. This makes for a safe place to "be ourselves" without judgment.Once you have an idea of what success looks like for your position, it’s important that you determine how your success will be measured.While ministry success cannot be fully measured with numbers and spreadsheets, you must know what defined metrics will be used to measure your performance. Which superior and/or committee will be evaluating your success?