Prospective Pastor Profile Survey

In a recent conversation with leaders of the Church of the Nazarene in the Dominican Republic, we realized that we were lacking a profile in order to interview and eventually call ministers to be the pastors of our congregations. After some investigating and some adaptation of some existing tools, the following document is what I came up with. It is designed to help a church board or the leaders of a congregation focus in on what and who they may need as a pastor. Feel free to download and adjust the Word document for your context, or simply copy and paste the below info.

Prospective Pastor Profile Survey
Church of the Nazarene 2020

Your Name (optional) __________________________________

Ministry Gifts/Skills

 

Gift

Explanation

Apostle

Romans 16:7

Church planter/builder; foundation layer; visionary; committed to church growth

Evangelist

2 Timothy 4:5

Able and willing to endure hardship to communicate the Gospel to people of all ages

Preacher

Romans 15:16

Effective worship leader; communicates sense of awe and praise before God; committed to the ministry of prayer and intercession

Shepherd

1 Peter 5:2

Caregiver to the flock; visitor; effective counselor

Steward

Ephesians 3:2

Administrator; good steward of gifts and resources.

Teacher

1 Timothy 2:7

Equipper of others for service; effective disciple-maker

 

Leadership Characteristics

 

  1. Select 5 characteristics from the list below that you believe are the most important for a pastor to possess.
  2. Circle them.
  3. Put a star by the one of those five that you deem the most important.

 

Characteristic

Explanation

Adaptable

Open minded toward innovation and new ideas; adjusts to new situations; flexible

Biblically Oriented

Committed to the truthfulness and authority of the Scriptures; knowledgeable of the Scriptures; preaches and teaches from the Scriptures

Change Agent

Able to move the congregation in a unified direction while positively managing the emotional impact of any change

Communicator

Speaks and writes clearly and understandably; a good listener; keeps the congregation informed

Community Oriented

Involved in community life and concerned for social needs and injustice in the community

Denominationally Loyal

Has a positive, constructive approach and commitment to the life and mission of our Denomination

Developer of Lay Leadership

Takes initiative to broaden, strengthen and improve gifts and skills of persons for lay leadership

Enabler

Enables people to make their own decisions and carry out their own responsibilities

Leader

Guides people and groups to achieve common goals and gains support from others

Mission Minded

Concerned for the cause of Christ throughout the world and commits church resources to mission efforts

Organized

Plans and manages large activities with congregational involvement

Reliability

Dependable; consistent; states his/her true opinion but supports final decisions of the church within limits of conscience

 

Ministry Focus

  1. Select the 5 ministries from the list below that you believe are the most important for our new pastor to focus on.
  2. Circle them.
  3. Put a star by the one of those five you deem the most important.

 

Ministry

Explanation

Administration

Manages the ministry and resources of the church

Adults

Works with, teaches, and leads discussion groups of adults

Children

Relates well with children and able to   communicate with them

Counseling

Assists people facing problems or decisions in formal counseling settings

Crisis Visitation

Visits people immediately in times of crisis

Family Ministry

Encourages parents to establish strong   Christian homes and encourages married couples to develop strong marriages

Inter-Church Cooperation

Participates in inter-denomination activities with other churches in the area

Pastoral Care

“Care of Souls” and provider of spiritual support and encouragement to those who are hurting and weak

Prayer

Strengthens the church through private and public prayer

Preaching

Makes the Gospel and Word of God relevant to people’s lives and preaches presenting with clarify and conviction

Seniors

Visits and cares for seniors and their needs and sensitive to their concerns around the changes in their lives

Social Ministry

Seeks to meet social needs in the community

Stewardship

Leading people in the development and use of individual and congregational resources

Teaching

Teaches others the concepts of Christian doctrine and Christian living; leads Bible studies, Sunday School classes, etc.

Visiting

Visits church members and shut-ins in their homes on a regular basis

Worship

Plans, leads, and participates in worship as a central event in the life of the church

Youth

Relates with youth and able to communicate with them

 

Personal Attributes

  1. Select the 5 attributes from the list below that you believe are the most important for our new pastor to possess.
  2. Circle them.
  3. Put a star by the one of those five you deem the very most important.

Attribute

Explanation

Administrative Skills

Well-organized; punctual; well-prepared

Admirable

Highly regarded; respected by others

Approachable

Available; open; receptive; charming

Attentive

Courteous; gracious; respectful

Compassionate

Empathetic; sensitive; helpful

Compatibility

Able to work with others; shares the credit

Creative

Inventive; innovative

Enthusiastic

Positive; inspiring; energizing; encouraging

Listener

Allows others to have their say; respects other opinions

Loyal

Faithful; committed

Persevering

Persistent; steadfast; enduring

Personally Strong

Sense of own identity; good self-image

Sense of Humor

Laughs; sees bright side of issues; witty

Teachable/

Learner

Learns from mistakes; eager to learn and grow

Trustworthy

Dependable; reliable

Visual Communicator

Uses handouts, videos, powerpoint and visual aids to communicate

 

Under each category below, please indicate your preferences for our new pastor.

 

Pastoral Experience: (Mark one)

_____ None previous

_____ 1-5 years

_____ 6-10 years

_____ 11-15 years

_____ 15+ years

_____ Does not matter

 

Marital Status: (Mark one)

_____ Single

_____ Married, no children

_____ Married with children

_____ Does not matter

 

Is divorce in the past acceptable?

_____ Yes

_____ No

 

Education/Credentials: (Mark one)

_____ In process of studying to be ordained

_____ Seminary Graduate, not yet ordained

_____ ordained Nazarene minister

_____ Does not matter

 

Is it important for the pastor to live in the community?

_____ Yes

_____ No

 

Job Status: (Mark one)

_____ Bi-vocational

_____ Full-Time Pastor

_____ Does not matter

 

Other: Please provide any additional comments that you think are important to consider as we call a pastor (use the back of this sheet if necessary).

______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

 

Thank you for completing this survey.

Your input will help create the profile to be used in our search for a new pastor.

 

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