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Every once in a while I get a call from a fellow pastor friend who is nervous about going before a pastoral search committee. After receiving such a call recently, I kept thinking through the kind of questions I would encourage them to ask in order to learn more about the church.

So here are thirty questions that would help you dig down to the true identity of the church.

  1. What brought you to this church?
  2. What are the 3 best things about your church?
  3. What do you think a visitor would say was the best thing about this church?
  4. What are 3 problems your church is facing that need to be corrected?
  5. What do you think a visitor would say was the worst thing about this church?
  6. What has been the biggest conflict your church has faced in the last 5, 10, 20 years? Was it handled in a biblical way?
  7. What direction has the church gone in the past 5, 10, 20 years?
  8. In your opinion has this been a good direction?
  9. What is the churches involvement in evangelism and community involvement?
  10. If your church was gone tomorrow, how would the community be effected?
  11. What is the churches involvement in missions?
  12. If your church was gone tomorrow, how would the world be effected?
  13. What is the churches involvement in discipleship?
  14. If your church was gone tomorrow, how would the younger generations of the church be effected?
  15. What is the community’s opinion of the church?
  16. If your future pastor felt lead to adjust a ministry or implement a new ministry, how would the congregation respond to that?
  17. If your future pastor felt lead to adjust a ministry or implement a new ministry, how would he go about implementing that?
  18. What do you believe is the most divisive issue facing your church?
  19. How did your previous pastor handle conflict?
  20. What type of preaching style did your previous pastor use? (topical, expository, blended)
  21. Are there any topics that you would encourage your future pastor to avoid in the pulpit?
  22. Are there any topics you would encourage your future pastor to preach on in the pulpit?
  23. If you could tell you future pastor one thing that this church needs in order to grow, what would that be?
  24. Do you see any opportunities in your community for the church to get involved in?
  25. What do see as the vision for the church in the next 5, 10, 20 years?
  26. What did you love the most about your previous pastor?
  27. What did you like least the most about your previous pastor?
  28. Was there ever a time when you felt your previous pastor dropped the ball? What happened?
  29. What do you believe the congregation is looking for most in the next pastor?
  30. What have you been told to avoid with your next pastor?

Do you have any that you would add to this?

The Best To Do List Ever!

The Best To Do List Ever!
Well folks, it’s official, I found the Best To Do List Ever. If you are an iPhone, iPad or computer user and you have so much going on that you can’t keep it all straight, then this is for you.

Click Me to visit Wunderlist in the iTunes Store!

Reasons I Love this:
  1. I like using To Do Lists. – I know it is kind of dorky but hey it gives me a goal to complete and keeps me on track. It allows me to focus on the task at hand without worrying about what else needs to be done.
  2. This allows me to create multiple To Do lists at once. – Great if you are in school or working on multiple projects at one time. For me, each class has its own list as well as work projects and home projects.
  3. This allows me to sort my multiple To Do lists into one list by due date. – Again if you are in multiple classes, working on multiple projects for work or both and you need to find what is next it is right there for you.
  4. This Syncs over the internet. – So if you are out running errands and you check off an item on the list on your iPhone/iPad, it syncs with your computer at home. (or vice versa) This is great for me who uses multiple devices and needs up to date info on whatever I am using at the time.
  5. This allows you to share lists with other users – Working on a project with another person and have a large to do? This will allow you to know what is done and what is not easily.
  6. This Allows you to email & print lists – Great if you want to share what you need to do with a colleague or if you are a little old school and like the printed copy.
  7. This is customizable – There are several backgrounds and themes to choose from. So you can make it pretty.
  8. IT IS FREE! – As my Grandma says “You can’t beat that with a stick!” 😀

This is currently available for PCs, MACs, iPhones & iPad. Driod is coming soon according to their website.

Their website is located HERE.

I am in no way affiliated with them but I will endorse their product because I like the software and it works for me.