The candidating process for a pastor
Most large churches have completely eliminated that option by keeping job openings out of public view.
Mostly smaller, less-networked churches still post jobs publicly and depend heavily on paperwork.
What role does personal evangelism play in your life? What steps do you follow to lead someone to Christ? Describe the role of accountability for a pastor and how that has been a part of your life. How are you strengthening and growing your relationship with the Lord?
A good resume and a nice sermon are helpful, but they fail to capture the deeper relational, emotional, and spiritual conditions of pastoral candidates.
Consider the outcomes of traditional hiring practices: One recent analysis of 186 pastors and their ministerial history from the past 47 years showed a 54 percent turnover rate after four years or less.
Most questions can be asked of a candidate applying for any pastoral position.
We would suggest using this list as a starting point to developing your own questionnaire customized for the needs of your church.
Expectations exist on both sides, some of which are real, while others are imagined.