20 Questions for Prospective Pastors

20 Questions for Prospective Pastors to Ask of their Prospective Churches

This is the first of an occasional series about the sometimes awkward interchange between churches seeking shepherds and shepherds seeking flocks.

To be certain, there are many other areas that should be addressed. These include the arenas of doctrine, staff relationships, and the leading of the Spirit of God to call a man to the work. Also, the present way many churches seek a pastor whether it is a “beauty contest” with multiple preachers presented before one is considered, or the “few services and vote” approach, I strongly suggest there is a much better alternative to either of these. Continue reading 20 Questions for Prospective Pastors

2014 Year in Review

2014 Year in Review

Part of my list of ideas and hopes for this year is to write and post more frequently than in previous years.

  1. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    Enjoyed wonderful meal at Japanese place in Knoxville, then celebrating with family. I was 44.
  2. What are your strongest memories from this year, and why?
    Exhaustion from working so many hours at KIA. Then fear and peace about moving to Hardin Valley. Elation at being with my family so much after being gone too much the previous 14 months.
  3. What did you do this year that you’d never done before?
    Moved older children from their friends.
  4. What did you want and get?
    Wanted to spend more time with family and be involved in the work of God full time.
  5. What would you like to have next year that you didn’t have this year?
    A book written.
  6. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
    Following God’s will to an unknown, unfamiliar place. Also, not taking credit for any of the awesome things He did. That is His glory alone.
  7. What did you rely on when you were overwhelmed?
    The Lord and my sweet wife, Andrea.
  8. What song will remind you of this year?
    When God Has Another Plan sung by Andrea Holloman
  9. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year (not necessarily from the song that reminds you of the year).
    “In Your Everlasting Arms, All the Pieces of My Life, I Can Trust You”
  10. What was your most enjoyable purchase?
    Samsung Galaxy S4
  11. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Rested
  12. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Rushed
  13. Compared to this time last year, how are you different?
    Settled, Adventurous
  14. Compared to this time last year, how are you the same?
    Confident that God Can
  15. What’s a life lesson you learned this year?
    I can always trust the Lord.

Based upon questions from RA.

I discovered these questions on one of my favorite former student’s blog Dash of Ash . She also frequents twitter at  http://twitter.com/ashleybmcneese