Here are the rest of the questions every pastor should ask a search committee:
- What do you most hope that I will do?
- What are you most concerned I might do?
- What are the major obstacles I will face?
- What ministries are struggling? Which ones are shining?
- What will be deemed a success under my leadership?
- How do you see the church in 1, 3, 5 years? What kind of growth do you expect?
- Describe how you see our working relationship?
- What should I focus on? What should be my priorities?
- How is the current staff moral?
- What is your expectation for my spouse?
- What were the previous pastor’s strengths and weaknesses?
- How was his or her relationship with the staff and board?
- What do you wish he had done differently?
- What problems seem to recur in your church?
- Does the church have any deep, dark secrets?
- Have any sins persisted in the staff or leadership?
- How would you describe the church’s tolerance for change?
- What has caused recent people to leave?
What questions would you add to this list?
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