Reference Form (To be filled by close Friend/Pastor/Elder)
To be filled by a close friend, the applicant's pastor and/or Elder; or someone who knows the applicant well (not to be filled by family members or relatives). Please be as truthful and as gracious as you can when evaluating the character and gifting of the applicant.

Note: Describe the areas of weakness and strengths, but also areas where he/she may need leadership development. The applicant should not see this. This is not meant to evaluate whether or not the person is qualified to work with us. Rather, this will serve as a way for us to discern the applicant's character and leadership growth areas.

NAME of the referee (in full)
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Email address:
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Relationship with the applicant
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How long have you known the applicant?
What do you perceive to be his/her strength?
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What do you perceive to be his/her weakness?
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Is the applicant a team player? Does he/she work well in a team?
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Does he/she display Christ-like servant leadership?
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Has he/she struggled with any addictions that can disqualify him/her in ministry?
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Does the person show clear signs of joyful repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross?
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All leaders need ongoing development: What are areas in his life/leadership that requires significant development?
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Does the applicant have the ability to initiate things (a self-starter) ? Or does he/she do better with following the initiatives of others?
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Can the person handle pressures/stress of living in a hectic city life?
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Does the person respond to spiritual authority? (Heb. 13: 17)
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In what ways does the person show a clear indication to being called to ministry?
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What are the person's (spiritual or natural) gifts that can be helpful for a church plant? (e.g: does he/she have heart for evangelism; administrative gifts, teaching gifts etc)
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How does the person handle criticism? Is he/she capable of receiving feedbacks well?
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Does the person show love for the lost?
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In your knowledge, has the person shared the Gospel and led anyone to Christ?
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Does the person have a clear grasp of the Gospel of grace (as portrayed in the scriptures)? And does he/she show a growing understanding and its implications for all of life?
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Has the applicant known to be divisive or have unhealthy craving for controversial secondary issues?
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Does the person have a godly marriage? (if single, does he/she have a strong desire to live a godly life that honors Christ?)
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Sometimes, there can be gifted people whose character has not caught up with their gifts yet. What would you say is the greatest area where the applicant most needs accountability?
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Does the applicant have had any criminal record? If so, comment. If no, please write N/A (not applicable)
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Has the applicant been divorced?
Why do you believe this person is the right candidate to serve in a cross-cultural church plant context in Japan?
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Would you recommend the applicant without reservation?
May we contact you for any further clarification, if necessary?
Thank you so much for your time!
We are thankful to you for showing care for the applicant, and we appreciate your honest evaluation. God bless you.
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