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As part of our work in finding a new pastor, the pastor nominating committee would like your input in describing our church as you presently experience it. We would like your thoughts about its strengths, its weaknesses, the needs you foresee for our church in the next five to ten years, the priorities you think our next pastor should have, and the qualities you believe he should possess.

It will probably take from thirty to forty-five minutes to thoughtfully answer the questions on this questionnaire. Please consider this an investment in helping find the person who can effectively lead our church in the next phase of its growth. Try to be as honest as you can, even in your criticisms. Your questionnaire will remain anonymous unless you choose to sign it. Thank you in advance for your thoughtful input. It will be carefully reviewed by the committee.

Priorities (For Questions 1-20)

Pastors are called on to do many more things than their time allows them to do. As a consequence, they have to make decisions about priorities. In this process, it is helpful for him to know what their congregation view as priorities. Please look through the following list and based on what is most important to you, circle 1-4 with 1 being most important and 4 being the least.

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Sex (Check Male or Female) (Required)
Age (Fill in Age) (Required)
Strengths (Required)
Please identify three or more areas in which you believe this church meets your needs or the needs of others well.
Weaknesses or Challenges (Required)
Please identify one or more areas in which you believe our church is not meeting your or other members’ needs as well as it could.
Unresolved Problems (Required)
Are there any unresolved problems within the congregation that you believe the board or the next pastor should attempt to address?
Identification of Unresolved Problems
If your answer is yes, what are they? Please be as specific and complete as you can be.
Future Areas of Ministry (Required)
In what areas, if any, do you think our church should attempt to have a ministry in the next five to ten years that it is not having now?
Future Areas of Ministry (Required)
In what areas of Christian living, if any, do you think you need to be challenged to grow by our next pastor?
1. Preparing for and leading corporate worship (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
2. Preparing for preaching and teaching (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
3. Congregational home visitation (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
4. Hospital and emergency visitation (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
5. Counseling (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
6. Training congregational members in and doing personal evangelism (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
7. Planning a balance of worship, teaching, and fellowship experiences for congregational members (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
8. Encouragement of international missions work (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
9. Involvement in missions to local community (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
10. Oversight of educational program of church (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
11. Administrative leadership of church staff (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
12. Represent other Christian churches and interfaith activities (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
13. Involvement in regional denominational activities (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
14. Providing oversight for all activities and committees of the church (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
15. Providing oversight of building programs as needed (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
16. Encouraging the development of small groups to meet specific needs within the church (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
17. Dealing with people who might cause division (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
18. Monitoring and guiding church expenditures to stay within budget (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
19. Conducting weddings, baptisms, baby dedications, and funerals (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
20. Providing leadership when church discipline is needed (Required)
1 Most important - 4 Least important
Controversial Issues - Moral Failure (Required)
Christians disagree about a number of issues related to pastoral selection. We would like your thoughts on the following: Would you be willing to consider a person for pastor who had at some time in the pastoral experience been involved in moral failure if there was evidence of genuine repentance since that time?
Controversial Issues - Moral Failure
Reason or Comment (Answer can be Maybe)
Controversial Issues - Divorced/Single (Required)
Would you be willing to consider a person for pastor who has been divorced or single?
Controversial Issues - Divorced/Single
Reason or comment (Answer can be maybe)
Qualities Our Next Pastor Should Have (Required)
Based on your knowledge of our church, of its present strengths and weaknesses, and of the needs we may have in the next five to ten years, please identify the qualities that you think are important for our next pastor to have.
Name
Thank you for your time and input. Your responses will be considered carefully by the pastor nominating committee. Please state your name (optional) which will allows us to contact you to obtain additional clarification on any of your responses.
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