So Tell Me

So Tell Me

by Jonathan Feathers

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Overview

Education--check. Experience--check. References--check. Questions--what questions? Potential employing churches or para-church organizations have already thought about what questions to ask an applicant. As an applicant, have you considered what questions to ask the church or organization? This book serves as a resource by providing questions an applicant may consider asking throughout the interviewing process to determine if the church or organization is a right fit.

""My ability to prepare students for the interview process has just improved because of Jonathan Feathers' work. I want students to have a substantial resume in one hand and a copy of So Tell Me in the other as they begin the search for a ministry position. The book provides the important questions to ask and the reasons those questions are important.""
--Curtis Booher, Associate Professor of Christian Ministry, Milligan College

""So Tell Me is a wonderful guide for people considering opportunities for ministries in both congregations and para-church organizations. Jonathan Feathers has examined the journey of seeking employment through printed materials, conversations, and interviews. I especially appreciate his awareness that a search for opportunities is a two-way street. Feathers presents open-ended invitations for how applicants might invite officials, ministers, elders, or deacons to present information about a congregation or organization.""
--Bertram Allen, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Milligan College

Dr. Jonathan Feathers has over fifteen years of vocational ministry experience in congregations from less than 100 to over 2,100 members serving from volunteer to senior minister. Dr. Feathers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management from Tusculum College, Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in Workplace Leadership and Business Ethics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also the author of New Wine into Old Wineskins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498284448
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/30/2016
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Dr. Jonathan Feathers has over fifteen years of vocational ministry experience in congregations from less than 100 to over 2,100 members serving from volunteer to senior minister. Dr. Feathers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management from Tusculum College, Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in Workplace Leadership and Business Ethics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also the author of New Wine into Old Wineskins.

Table of Contents

Introduction: So Tell Me ix

Chapter 1 What is the vision of the church? 1

Chapter 2 What is the mission of the church? 4

Chapter 3 What are the goals of the church? 7

Chapter 4 What are the ministry teams? 10

Chapter 5 What is the expected level of (member) involvement? 13

Chapter 6 What is the mission's (locally and/or globally) budget? 16

Chapter 7 What are the three most important qualities of the church? 19

Chapter 8 What does the church do well? 22

Chapter 9 What is the church known for in the community? 25

Chapter 10 How would you describe the health of the church? 28

Chapter 11 How would you describe the demographic of the church? 31

Chapter 12 What is the line of authority? 34

Chapter 13 Is there a ministry budget to work from? 37

Chapter 14 Is there a statement of faith? 40

Chapter 15 Are there any major conflicts? 43

Chapter 16 What is the job description? 46

Chapter 17 What is the organizational chart? 49

Chapter 18 What is the role of elders and/or deacons? 52

Chapter 19 What is the relationship between elders and/or deacons with the minister? 55

Chapter 20 Is the minister expected to attend everything? 58

Chapter 21 Why did the last minister leave? 61

Chapter 22 Are there leadership development standards? 64

Chapter 23 How are polices developed? 67

Chapter 24 How are policies implemented? 70

Appendix: Checklist 73

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