Like I said Monday, I love conducting interviews! Yesterday I shared an interview post for people preparing for girls ministry jobs. Today is all about the interviewer. Hope it's helpful!
I remember the first interview I conducted for a possible intern. Before she walked in I had a “mama bear” type moment. I believe that shared ministry is key- I’m about 2 Timothy 2:2 all day long! But, when you give someone a title, for better or for worse, people have expectations. If this girl was to be an intern, that meant parents would trust her to have coffee with their students. I needed to know her well enough to know that she wasn’t a false teacher.
If this girl was on staff, that meant the staff would be spending a lot of time with her. I needed to discern if she was unwise, careless, or lots of drama. If you serve on a staff, you know that one person who thrives on discord can distract and wreak havoc on a unified team with a kingdom purpose (male or female). Because in a ministry interview you want to know beliefs, gifting and calling as much as skills, our questions need to get to the heart.
Here are some questions I asked and have been asked:
1. To start: Will you share your story?
This will reveal if the candidate can articulate her conversion experience and the Gospel. I would love to hear someone who is honest about their life and shares a clear and correct view of God and salvation.
Red flags: Someone who overshares what they needed rescuing from instead of mentioning or elevating our Rescuer.*
2. Can you articulate your calling? Why would you like this position?
This will reveal if the candidate knows her purpose both within the kingdom and within this specific ministry role. I would love to hear someone share specific verses and life experiences that lead her to pursue this job as well as experience she has had ministering to teenagers.
Red flags: She primarily focuses on sharing her hurt and sin and how teenagers need to hear about her troubled past.*
3. What are your spiritual gifts and how have you used them recently?
This will reveal if the candidate actively serves. Will this be a job to her or a continued lifestyle?
4. What type of team would you like to work with or for?
This will reveal her personality and will also allow you to see if she will fit well within existing relationships and personalities.
5. What do you think you can provide students and our team if we are able to hire you?
This will reveal what she values, how she views God, and how she views herself. I would love to hear evangelism, hospitality, training, fun, discipleship, encouragement, team player, etc.
Red flag: She isn’t sure what God could do through her.*
Questions to prepare for:
You will be coaching your staff to disciple others. Guide them as Christ guides you. If you do not have a written “job description” for the position you are hiring for I want to encourage you to go somewhere distraction free and pray. With an open Bible and moleskin, take a page each to answer the following questions:
Why am I seeking someone for this position?
Am I prepared to coach someone in this position? How can I prepare?
What expectations and goals do I have?
What are the giftings I hope she will have?
Hope these are helpful as you interview new people for your team! - Amy
*I say these are red flags, because all of our lives shape us, but someone who has received joy, healing and victory in Jesus from their past can acknowledge it but not find their primary identity in it. In my experience, these leaders share the good, bad and the ugly over coffee but lack in their conviction to share the truth that sets us free. This will take discernment and care on your part to ensure she has a mentor and accountability to disciple her as she disciples others. Having a “past” is not a red flag. Finding your primary identity in it is.