First Ministry Interview? Here's 3 or 4 Things to Do to Be Ready
Four Paths to Avoid When Beginning in Ministry
Self-Awareness is key when taking your first step in ministry. As you begin to interview for that first residency or full time, role, you'll find that church leaders speak in a variety of "self-awareness languages" - here are three or four.:
Take this opportunity to learn about you in the following ways:
Be Ready for these Questions
A Christian College senior sat down in my office in February of his last year of undergrad studies in ministry and was perplexed. Like most of the good ones, he’d spent the better part of the last two years on a developmental path of part-time ministry under the guidance of a great youth pastor.
“I don’t know which of these opportunities I should pursue,” he said.
How Well Do You Know You?
Whether you are interviewing for a residency, or for your first vocational ministry role there are critical questions that you will be asked. We hear a some over and over.
After the character/walk with Christ questions, there are a few that seem to make the top of the list. If you are thinking about taking your next step in ministry in 2018, ask yourself these. What are your answers? Does your resume, the stories you tell, and your current supervisor see your track record similarly? More importantly than this, are your daily actions creating the types of stories that you'll be able to tell soon?
You Need More than a Mentor
Knowing who you are beyond the surface, AND understanding the implications of it in your work history will save you the same frustration at your next place of employment. God has uniquely wired, crafted, and gifted you to be of use in His world. This is His story that we are characters in. Understanding your perspective and part will help you take the next best steps.
This is acutely a problem in the first years of ministry. New church leaders who are just beginning need a coach more than ever. I define a ‘coach’ to our graduates as someone who is five years ahead of them in a ministry that appears to be something of which they would want to be a part. One hour a month on a Skype, or a call, the newbie brings the questions and the coach is there to…well…coach.