Pulpit Committee Q & A – Part 3

When their pastoral offices becomes vacant, many Baptist churches form what is know as a “pulpit is committee”.   A pulpit committee typically consists of several church members whom the body has tasked with seeking, interviewing, and recommending pastoral candidates.  Have you ever wondered what kinds of questions these churches ask pastoral candidates?  How do you think potential pastors should answer these questions?  In this on-going series, I will provide actual inquiries from a questionnaire sent to me by the pulpit committee of a Southern Baptist Church, along with my answers.  Each part of this series will examine a different question and answer from the church’s questionnaire.  Feel free to interact in the comment section with your own opinions of how the questions should have been asked and answered.

(Note: The identity and location of the church has been replaced with generic terms).


What is your position on continuing education?


The pastor is charged with the teaching the congregation.  If he isn’t educated, how can he educate others? I graduated from seminary but that doesn’t mean I should stop studying the Bible.  I do not feel like I require further formal education, however, there are never enough biblical commentaries to read.  Also, discussions with other believers can sharpen one’s theology.  

*Please note that the preceding is my personal opinion. It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend, or the educational institution at which I am enrolled. Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use

1 thought on “Pulpit Committee Q & A – Part 3

  1. Jess

    I like your answer to this. It would have been my answer as well. Study of the Bible is itself a continuing education. I like this series, and I’m looking forward to more.


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