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).
How would you rate the following ministerial characteristics? Love (for people, “Corinthian” love), Efficiency, Personal Personal Integrity, Adaptability, Judgement, Initiative, Productivity, Personal Appearance, Innovative. (1 being the most important, 10 being the least important)
I don’t feel comfortable ranking these characteristics. Obviously, love must be the basis of all Christian ministry (I think 1 Corinthians 13 teaches this). All other pastoral qualifications roll up in Titus 1 5:-9 and 1 Timothy 3 1-7. To state the matter directly, I don’t think this a very good question. There is the temptation to say one thing is more important that the other. I think all of these characteristics roll up together, even personal appearance (because how a pastor presents himself reflects on how he is viewed by outsiders).
*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