Questionnaire Series: On Hold

Feb 10, 2015 by

Pleasant irony, I suppose. I need to suspend this series for the time being. Two reasons prevail. First, The early part of the semester has become very busy. I have a lot of reading to do and want to give my due diligence to it and other assignments. Second—irony of ironies, I have two questionnaires that I have to work through for churches looking for pastoral staff. Thus, I will be taking a break from the questionnaire series blog. Thank you for reading, and keep praying!

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Questionnaire Series: Training and Ministry Experience

Jan 26, 2015 by

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Ministry experience and academic training are important elements to consider in an applicant to a pastoral position. In this second installment of the Questionnaire Series, I discuss my academic training and ministry experience. This information is available on my resume, and I would anticipate it being available on most resumes. However, as I said in the previous post, asking for this information in a questionnaire can aide a church committee by having a common form for potential candidate information.

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Questionnaire Series: Intro and General Information

Jan 19, 2015 by

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In the course of filling a staff position, most churches require a potential candidate to complete a questionnaire. These questionnaires accomplish at least two purposes. First, committees request information beyond what is contained in a resume or doctrinal statement. Such information ranges from general to specific, personal to professional. This information helps churches to get to know a candidate. A second purpose of questionnaires is to gather information in a common format so that they can more easily sift through mountains of potential candidates they have. Churches are often inundated with resumes when they begin their pastoral search—my personal experience places this number at 60–100. After an initial purge, they will contact a few candidates and ask them to complete a questionnaire. Having information in the same format aides the committee in the next phase of their search.

Questionnaires are a useful tool to a church in their search for a new staff member, but for the potential candidate they are time-consuming. Over the years I have completed at least twenty questionnaires. I have found many common questions. In an effort to save myself some time, I am beginning a Questionnaire Series in which I will answer some of the most common questions I’ve received. This post will deal with general information.

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Senior Pastorate Search Begins

Aug 27, 2014 by

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I am beginning my search for a senior pastorate. Tomorrow, August 28, will begin what I hope to be my final year of seminary at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (DBTS). This has been a long, scrupulous, and profitable two years, and I anticipate this third year to be no less so. While I don’t want to count the proverbial chickens before they hatch, I must plan for the future after graduation. And that is why I am writing today. I want to make you aware of my plans as I approach seminary graduation and grant you permission to pass along my name to any church where you believe I would be a good fit. My prayer is to transition to a full-time, senior pastorate in the summer of 2015.

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