KDs are designed/developed/inspired/mused/auto-suggested/indigested to make folks think; an especially uncommon experience among Democrats, Republicans, and jingoistic mainline denominationalists who continue to discourage dissent with their ever-threatening thought police.
Short Course for Pastor Search Committees on Interviewing Prospects
Pastor search committees are entrusted with the responsibility of interrogating prospects for their churches.
Most denominations have vetting strategies that precede interviews by the PSCs and congregations usually get to vote on candidates; however, PSCs bear the biggest burden of asking the questions that help discern hope-filled answers for particular churches.
While I may be wrong and assume contentions, no question is out of bounds.
Most pastor/church conflicts result from limited interrogatives by PSCs.
Asking is the best way to attain/assess answers consistent/contrary with/to congregational expectations.
Or as I warn churches, "If you don't dig it up now, someone in the church will eventually do it for you...and probably without redemptive intentions!"
Or as I warn prospects, "Dump your garbage before someone digs it up and then starts a campaign to dump you!"
Churches don't like too many surprises from their new pastors and it is incumbent upon PSCs to probe deeply enough to limit 'em.
That's why it's best to ask uncomfortable questions about...anything; for, again, somebody will get around to it sooner or later and it's always good to know where the pastor will or won't stand before treading on the quicksand of life in so many of today's churches in which anybody's word is as good as anybody else's word on almost any spiritual, secular, silly, stupid, or superficial subject.
Again, while I may be wrong and assume contentions, I believe it's best to cut to the quick and commence interviews with one simple invitation/interrogative: "Please tell us about your personal relationship with Jesus."
Whether the church is left, right, middle, up, down, all around, or confused, the prospect's answer to this question will be emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and practically apocalyptic.
This invitation/interrogative is never offensive or "out of order" regardless of weltanschauung concomitant to ordination queries/affirmations.
Beginning with this invitation/interrogative saves time, cuts to the quick, and avoids unconscious to contentious exchanges.
Assuming PSCs are relatively representative of the theological and social values of their churches along with being literate, alert, and mindful of our Lord's counsel in Matthew 10:16, responses to this invitation/interrogative will betray leanings along with predictable confession, conduct, and countenance.
Of course, if you're not concerned about inevitable conflicts and quick turnovers, asking about favorite TV shows, foods, vestments, vehicles, movies, and whether Taylor Swift and Katie Perry will patch things up will take up enough time to pretend due diligence during your search.
Again, if you want to save time and secure the best barometer of who she/he is and where she/he will try to lead, ask about her/his personal relationship with Jesus.
Uh, it is all about Him in your church anyway...isn't it?
If so, ask!
If not, that's why you're always searching!
Blessings and Love!
Shatter the sound of silence!
Wake up! Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus!