Pulpit Committee Q & A – Part 18

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).

Question:

Do you support your local Baptist Association?

Answer:

I support any Baptist association as long as it is doing good work.  In Bartow County, the association does good work through the SPLASH program.  There are other things that aren’t very good ideas.  I think it’s best to focus on local association work when doing joint ministry.  Local people know their own areas best.  When we rely on the national SBC to tell us what to do, it is almost like a big federal government telling the state what to do.

*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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