1. Are there big $$ givers, in leadership or among the laity, who lord it over the congregation whether explicitly or passive/aggressively? Is there fear of disciplining this man or challenging his fiscal bullying?
These seem to be getting at the same issue, although Zach's wording probably should be used if the pastor already feels led to decline a call. (Since the big giver/boss is probably well represented on the committee). Perhaps something along the lines of "Who are the informal leaders of the church, and how is their influence usually expressed?"Who's the " church boss"? (This could be a man or woman, but there's usually one alpha personality who quietly, or not so quietly, really runs things).
An excellent point, and one did not think of. That's an area where a Presbyterian church should have an advantage, as the Presbytery would need to approve the change of call in most of the denominations.Have you ever failed to pay the minister's salary before?
I usually ask this question too; and have heard that response when indicating that I'll be praying for them, as well. A very sad commentary, indeed...What was it about my resume, etc. that caused you to want to consider me for this position?"
My current church indicated that in my email and phone exchanges, I was the only candidate who said I would be praying for the church to find the right candidate, whether that was me or someone else. I thought that was a normal thing, but apparently not.
This is very important. I can't tell you how many times I personally have conversations with ministers, I'll say to them, "Is there anything I can pray for you about?", and then I'm sometimes hard pressed to find them asking the same to me. It's discouraging on that note. (Off topic though).My current church indicated that in my email and phone exchanges, I was the only candidate who said I would be praying for the church to find the right candidate, whether that was me or someone else.