Pastor Search Congregational Survey
Please answer the following questions to indicate your expectations for the next pastor of Thomasville First Baptist.
What is the desired age range for the pastor? Select one.
60 or more
No age preference
What is the minimum acceptable educational level you expect the pastor to have attained? Select one.
Less than high school graduate
High school graduate only
Some college or professional school
College graduate (bachelor's degree)
Master's degree from seminary
Doctoral degree from seminary
Formal education degree not important
What are acceptable marital statuses for the prospective pastor? Check all that apply.
Separated or divorced
What minimum pastoral or professional ministry experience should be required? Select one.
No prior experience necessary
1-5 years of prior experience as pastor
1-5 years of prior church ministry experience (such as church staff)
6-10 years of prior experience as pastor
6-10 years of prior church ministry experience (such as church staff)
More than 10 years of prior experience as a pastor
More than 10 years of prior church ministry experience (such as church staff)
What should the size of the prospective pastor's current church be in relation to our church? Select one.
Much smaller than our church
Somewhat smaller than our church
About the same size as our church
Somewhat larger than our church
Much larger than our church
Which two of the following do you consider the most important strengths needed by the incoming pastor? Check only two.
The following are activities to which a pastor may allocate time each week. Read all choices and check the three areas that should be the top time priorities of our new pastor. Check only three.
Administration, including tasks related to the church office, finances, and facility
Correspondence with members by phone, e-mail, and other electronic means
Counseling individuals with personal and spiritual problems
Visiting members in the hospital and in nursing homes
Visiting members or prospects at home or over a meal
Attending social gatherings and special events of ministries and groups in the church
Planning and organizing ministry activities
Meeting with ministry leaders who plan and organize ministry activities
Compared to our church's current worship services, would you want the prospective pastor to lead in making any changes to our musical styles? Select one.
Change musical styles to be more traditional.
Change musical styles to be more modern.
Change musical styles to be more of a blend of both traditional and modern.
Use the same musical styles as today.
Which of the following elements of preaching style effectively communicate God's Word to you? Check all that apply.
Logical, detailed, point by point
Personal, relational, engaging
Textual (the Scripture text provides the meaning)
Narrative (use of stories to illustrate points)
Sermon series (spending multiple weeks on a topic)
Bible book (spending multiple weeks on a Bible book)
Challenging, appealing for action or change
Of the ministry priorities in our church, which three of the following does the incoming pastor need to emphasize most? Check only three.
Discipleship and spiritual formation
Developing small Bible study groups/classes
Building relationships in which people are connected and care for one another
Evangelism and showing Jesus through word and action
Leadership vision and a compelling plan for the future of the church
Care for the poor (social compassion)
Denominational emphases, programs, and giving
Missions involvement and giving
Organizing ministries and empowering leaders for minsitry
Understanding the context of our local community and approaching it with a missionary mentality
Corporate and personal worship
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