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 spiritual health?
Christians are accountable to other Christians. I don’t subscribe to the all-too-common “we are all sinners so you can’t judge me” nonsense. That’s not biblical at all. I welcome judgement from other Christians. Having others to keep you accountable improves the spiritual health of the individual and the local body.
*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.
I completely agree with you on this. It is sad and unfortunate that Christians shy away from accountability and hard conversations with one another. It is not condemnation, it is an opportunity for spiritual growth.