Pulpit Committee Q & A – Part 12

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).


To what type or types of people do you best relate?


Pragmatically speaking, I grew up in a swim and tennis community, went to a lot of college, and relate well socially to the middle class and intellectuals.  That being said, this is a really bad question for a pastoral questionnaire.  Christians are united in Christ, despite their age, sex, background, wealth, or ethnicity.  I relate best to people who love Jesus, because I love Jesus.  Those are my brothers and sisters.  Christians aren’t defined by their background but by the future Christ has given them.  I think segregating people in church by factors such as age is a bad idea.  A blood-bought Christian is a blood-bought Christian.

*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.

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