When considering the best combination of potential leaders to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee consider their ability to thoughtfully answer questions along these lines:
- In your experience, what are the best (and worst) things about this church?
- In your opinion, what are the best (and worst) qualities about the former pastor?
- What would you say are the most memorable qualities about other former pastors of this church?
- Describe the nature of difficult conflicts in the history of the church.
- Describe why the previous pastor left. What would he/she say was the greatest challenge in pastoring this church?
- Describe the interim season of ministry at this church.
- What portion of the church would you say is happy with the Mission Study? What demographic of the church is least happy with the findings in the Mission Study? Why?
- How are staffing decisions made in the church? What positions have been recently hired? Which non-ordained staff positions have made the greatest/most enduring impact on the life of this congregation?
- If the new pastor wanted to make a change in the worship/education/youth ministry (choose any), would that be easy or difficult? What would be the appropriate process to do so, in your opinion?
- What is the most contentious congregational meeting or setting you can remember? What was the disagreement about? How was the issue settled?
- Describe the relationship of this church with the Presbytery. What leadership roles do members of this church serve in the Presbytery or larger church councils/committees.
- Has your church been in the news or done something noteworthy recently?
Effective PNC’s are ready and willing to give honest and helpful feedback about the church to candidates.