by Jerry Newswander
Equally, it is fair and wise that the candidate quiz the board in return. The following list
is not ranked according to importance and may be adapted to one’s personality, situation,
and the church board:
1. What is the present church attendance? Has the attendance increased or decreased
during the last year or past few months? Approximately how many fall into these
age groups: children, teens, young adults, middle adults, and senior adults?
2. Is the church growth-oriented? Overall, does the church have a vision for
evangelism, discipling new converts, and meeting people’s needs?
3. What are the ministries of the church, including children’s and youth ministries,
4. Where is the church located? Is the town growing? (This obviously indicates
5. How old is the church? How old is the church building? How many will it seat?
How long has it been in this town? Describe the church’s personality and the
physical building. Is the church mortgage-free?
6. Does the church give faithfully to missions? How many missionaries does the
7. Is the church community-minded? Was the former pastor involved in a local
ministerial association? Is the church visible to the community? How does the
church minister to its community?
8. How long did the former pastor serve the church? Describe the services and
9. What do the church board members expect of their pastor? What qualities do they
desire of him? Does the church have a pastoral job description?
10. Does each church board member have a ministerial portfolio? If not, what are the
board members’ responsibilities? Would they be willing to assist the pastor in
emergency pastoral calls? How did the board assist the former pastor?
11. Does the church have a secretary, janitor, maintenance person, and yard workers?
Are they paid or volunteers?
12. Is there a pastoral staff—paid or volunteers? Who hires them, and to whom are
they accountable—the church, board, pastor?
13. Are the church constitution and bylaws current? (Ask for a copy and a recent
financial report.) Is the church incorporated?
14. Does the church participate in Assemblies of God sectional, district, and national
conferences and meetings? How often?
15. Does the church own a van? Is it used for pastoral calls or parishioner
transportation only? Does the church own a bus? Who drives it?
16. What are the salary and benefits? (If the board has not already presented this, you
may have to address the subject. You have a right to know how the church will
minister to your material needs.)
17. Does the church pay the pastor’s expenses to fellowship functions? Will it assist
in continuing education expenses?
18. Ask about the board’s candidate procedures. Is a vote indefinite or for a definite
number of years? Will the church vote on one candidate at a time or several?
19. What does the board and church expect of a pastor’s wife? (Each pastor’s wife is
unique in her gifts and ministry.)
20. If you have children, ask about the school system. How are the grades divided?
Ask them to describe the school system. Take a tour of the school when you
candidate. Speak with the principal(s) and teacher(s) if possible. Ask about their
curriculum and programs.
Church boards appreciate and respect a candidate who enters an interview with
preparation and forethought. Honest, prayerful, and thoughtful consideration before an
interview will enhance the interview, reveal needed information, and assist in making a
wise and godly choice for your future and the future of the church for which you are