This is a companion to the thread on pastor shortages in our area and others. A young friend is meeting with a committee this week, and he wanted some questions he could ask them. The List below is not fully original, but it is more developed than other lists I've seen. Comments, additions, etc.? Things to ask pulpit committees 1. Parsonage Issues a. What are the church’s expectations with reference to repairs, upkeep and landscaping of the parsonage? b. What part of parsonage utilities, if any, does the church pay? c. Is there a problem with hanging things on the wall in the parsonage? 2. Pastor’s Job Description a. Do you consider the pastor’s study time as work time? b. How many hours a week would you expect your pastor to devote to study of God’s Word and sermon preparation? c. What are the church’s expectations with regard to hospital and rest home visitation? d. How visitation is done by the Deacons of the church? e. What are the pastor’s responsibilities with reference to planning and managing the following activities? (1) Vacation Bible School? (2) Special programs, such as Christmas and Easter? (3) Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.? f. What are the pastor’s responsibilities with regard to the church youth program? g. When members have serious counseling needs, may the pastor refer them to a professional Biblical counselor? h. How many revivals is the pastor allowed to preach per year? 3. Pastoral Authority Issues a. Does the pastor have control of the pulpit for calling for supply preachers ? b. Does the pastor have control of the pulpit for calling preachers for conferences or revivals? c. What do you consider to be the authority of the Pastor if church discipline is required to be done? d. Do the Deacons run the church, or do the Deacons run FOR the church? e. What authority does the pastor have with reference to the church calling voluntary and paid staff members? 4. The Pastor’s Wife a. What responsibilities, if any, do you expect the pastor’s wife to have? b. Do you consider the pastor’s wife to be the leader of the women, or is she first and most of all, the pastor’s wife? c. Is the pastor’s wife considered to be the hostess for social events at the church? 5. Personnel and Compensation Issues a. Does the church provide medical insurance coverage? b. Does the church pay the employer’s part of Social Security and Medicare taxes? c. How many weeks of vacation does the pastor receive each year? d. Does the pastor have a regular day or days off during the week? e. Does the church pay mileage compensation for the pastor? f. Is the pastor’s attendance at the KBC and SBC funded by the church? g. Would the pastor be allowed to attend pastoral education courses one day a week? h. Does the church match the pastor’s contribution to the SBC Annuity Fund? i. What is the salary package for the pastor? j. Is there a formal process in this church for evaluating pastoral performance?