Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ordination Interview Questions

Want to know the kinds of questions that pastors are asked when being questioned for ordination?

Ordination Interview Questions

The Bible

What do you believe about the Bible?

What is your position on and understanding of scriptural inerrancy?

How would you respond to the charge that the doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture is irrelevant since “all we possess are very faulty copies and translations of the original documents of biblical authors?”

The Nature of God

List several biblical passages, which give basis for the doctrine of the Trinity and indicate why you feel they are significant.

Why do we confess “there is one God?”

Name some of the attributes of God.

What is your belief concerning God, creationism and evolution?

What are some of the evidences and arguments for the existence of God?

The Person and Work of Christ

What is meant by the pre-existence of Christ? Is He eternal? Does He have beginning or end?

How would you teach from scripture that Jesus is God? That He is man?

Why are both natures essential to the person of Christ?

How would you define the work of Christ?

What qualified Christ to be an offering for sin?

Is there any limitation concerning who may benefit from the atonement of Christ?

What is the basis for your belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

How does the Bible teach us that the Holy Spirit is a person?

What is the work of the Holy Spirit?

What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit?

How are these gifts given to the Church?

Differentiate between the fruit and the gifts of the Spirit.

What is the relationship between the baptism with the Holy Spirit and the filling with the Holy Spirit? Give biblical support to your answer.

What are the lessons to be learned and the errors to be shunned by the evangelical church in light of the charismatic movement and its emphasis on the baptism and gifts of the Spirit?

What is your response to someone who says, “I believe the speaking in unknown tongues is the evidence that you have been filled with the Holy Spirit?”


How would you biblically defend the idea that every human being has value and dignity?

What caused a separation from God?

How would you demonstrate from the Bible that we are sinners by nature and by choice?


Sometimes, theologians talk about the “order of salvation.” What is your understanding of this concept?

Identify and discuss some Scripture passages, which teach about the new birth – being born again.

Identify and discuss some Scripture passages, which teach the concept of justification.

Can salvation in any way be effective in human lives where the gospel is unknown?

Where would you point someone in the Bible to show that God alone gets the glory for our salvation?

What must be evident in a person’s life as evidence of salvation? What are the changes that take place in the lives of truly saved people?

Is there any possibility of salvation after death?

Do you believe that a saved person can ever be lost?

How do good works fit into the doctrine of salvation?

Share with us from the Word of God how you would respond to a person who came to you and said, “Can you tell me how to become born again? (saved)


Give a definition of the term sanctification.

What is the relationship between justification and sanctification?

Why must holiness be a characteristic of God’s people?

Can a believer be demon possessed?

What is meant by positional sanctification?

What is meant by experiential sanctification?

What do you believe about the teaching called “entire sanctification”?

What passages would you use to teach people how to grow in sanctification?

The Church

What Is the Church?

According to the Bible, what are the purposes of the church?

What does it mean to “make followers of Christ” and what is the process to accomplish that purpose?

What does the Bible say about the church’s responsibility to 1) to “win” lost people to Christ? 2) to “build” believers up in their faith? 3) to “equip” people in your church to care for and share their faith with their peers? 4) to “multiply” and train leaders to oversee the disciple-making mission of the church and its ministries? 5) to “send” called ones to plant churches in a neighboring community or city and internationally?

What do you think the Bible says 1) about church growth? 2) about church multiplication?
What is the function of a lead pastor in church leadership?

According to the Bible, what are the offices of the church? What are the responsibilities of the officers?

According to the Bible, what are the ordinances of the NT Church?

Is the act of baptism part of the saving work of Christ?

How would you biblically defend your position on the mode and the meaning of baptism?

What is the significance of the Lord’s Supper?

Church practice

What procedure should be followed by church leaders if and when the sick request prayer for healing?

Is the “gift of healing” available for the church today?

How would you counsel a believer who has followed the instructions of James 5 and is still in need of a healing?

What are the qualifications and functions of elders?

Biblically, what are the roles of a lead pastor?

What does the Bible have to say about the importance of prayer to fulfill the mission of the church?

How do you plan to instill in your congregation the necessity intercession?

What specific actions should a church take to impact her Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and earth’s unreached people groups?

How should a leader handle possible tension between feeling led by the Spirit and being subject to recognized authority in the church?

In what sense is the pastor called to be a shepherd?

What is servant leadership as described in Scripture?

How should conflict be handled between a lead pastor and the elder team?

Describe the procedure you would follow if you had a conflict with a church member.

Do you believe in tithing? Do you practice tithing?

Last things

What biblical passages have been major factors in developing your convictions concerning the second coming of Christ and related events?

On what basis do you believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will personally and physically return to earth?

In what ways will Christ be manifest as judge to the believer and to the unbeliever?

What happens to the believer when he is resurrected? to the unbeliever?

What is the future destiny of those who die without ever hearing the gospel?

What does the Bible teach about hell? Is it literal?

What do you believe about heaven? Why?

1 comment:

slamb said...

That is a great list. Would be good for all Christians to work through too, over the course of a lifetime of study and worship. Thanks

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