7 Things to Ask in Your Church Interview

Inevitably, if you are seeking a job or membership at a church you will be asked if you have any questions for them. I have heard too many people say, “No, I think I’m good. Appreciate it.” They leave the room and don’t get some key questions answered by the leadership. Might I encourage you to ask these questions?

  1. Could you give me a brief history of how your church started? Who it is affiliated with? (This gives you a snapshot of pitfalls and issues that birthed the church, as well as 10,000 ft view of their commitments)
  2. Why does your church exist? (Basic vision question here. Is it clear? Is it specific? Too generic of a vision statement doesn’t convince me that that church ought to exist. If it’s to merely make disciples, or merely to love God, then every other church does that already and I could be just as happy going to another place if that’s all they’re about. Further, a generic vision betrays a lack of thoughtfulness in why the church actually exists. Some may say that that’s what Jesus commanded his disciples. It smacks of piety, but Jesus also commanded his disciples with a particular context and particular mission–Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, uttermost parts of the earth. Give me something I can hold on to. On the flip side of this, you can have a vision that’s so specific that it misses the bigger vision of making disciples around the world. You are looking for the sweet tension between big and minute. Behind this question is: Has the leadership done the hard work of defining who they are?)
  3. Visit during one of the gatherings. (No, make that 3 visits!)

a) Ask a member why the church exists (i.e., why should I join this church rather than the one down the street). (This is looking for whether the leadership is communicating what they are seeking to communicate. It also helps you see how much ownership members have in the church. Like the point above, the more people you ask the better picture you will have).

b) Ask a member why the church exists (i.e., why should I join this church rather than the one down the street). (This is looking for whether the leadership is communicating what they are seeking to communicate. It also helps you see how much ownership members have in the church. Like the point above, the more people you ask the better picture you will have).

c) Ask a member what her favorite thing is about the church. Then ask a him.

d) Ask a member what her biggest challenge is at the church. Then ask a him.

4. What was the latest sermon series on? Why did they choose to do that?

5. Who is responsible for who in leadership?

6. How are the pastors/leaders spiritually nourished?

7. What books are the leadership team reading? (If they aren’t reading, you probably want to go to the next church. If they’re reading all the same books, run to the next church.)

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