3 Things To Remember When Interviewing Pastors

Interviews are tricky, and there are a few things that we constantly need reminders about when going through this process.


1. The candidate is a brother/sister in Christ

This is too easily forgotten in the Church, but we are all sinners and need constant reminders. When going through the interview process, there are so many candidates, and so many interviews, that it’s easy to fall into  the trap of treating your candidates as leads instead of actual people. This person that is being interviewed is in the middle of a change, and most likely having a difficult time. As the Church, you have the opportunity to pour into this person during a really tough time. Be gracious, be kind, and be helpful. This article has a few tips on communicating with candidates. 


2. You’re being interviewed too!

When conducting an interview, understand that you’re not the only one conducting an interview. The church tends to treat the interview process as one sided, but it’s not. A good candidate is evaluating you and the church at the same time, trying to figure out if this is an organization that they are willing to commit a majority of their time and resources to. Many times this person has to move their families, and they don’t take that lightly. The church needs to give the candidate an opportunity to hear about your culture, the team, and gain a good understanding of the role before ever spending the time to travel to your location and visit. Making sure that everyone is on the same page before that visit could save you costly travel expenses.


3. You both want the same thing

Both of you want this interview to go well, and both of you want to find a great fit. The more that it’s understood that you both have an interest in this going well, the more both of you will be able to relax. The interview should be about getting to know each other, and learning enough to take the next step in the process together. The church should lead the candidate through this process in a very relational way. If it is found by either side that the job opportunity is not a good fit, than it is beneficial for both parties to part ways.

Applying these principles are tricky, but try your best to be open and honest. The interview process can actually be an enjoyable process. Get to know others in ministry, create connections, and you may learn something about yourself, and God’s creation.

Cameron Gibbons