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Pastoral Search Survey Results
Pastoral Search Survey
As our church begins the process of seeking a new pastor, the Church Board sincerely desires input from everyone who considers this church to be their church home. Please provide your input by responding to the following questions. Your input is greatly appreciated. We believe that our number one responsibility is to help the church find just the right person who has God’s calling and anointing to be our pastor. Please pray earnestly with us as we seek to find God’s will in making a selection to nominate to the Congregation.
                        A parenthesis (       ) contains the number of marks an item received.                     --The Church Board
1.    While age should not be the primary factor, approximately what age pastor do you feel our church should have at this time? (Check one)

  1. Less than 35 (6)    ❑ 35-45 (52)    ❑ 45-55 (160) ❑ Over 55 (32)    ❑ Age does not matter (125)
2.    What is the minimum educational level you expect the incoming pastor to have attained? (Check one)
  1. At least a college degree (50)                                             ❑ Doctoral degree in theology or ministry(28)
  2. At least a master’s degree/ seminary training(208) ❑ Educational experience not a factor(38)
3.    Of the following skills and abilities, which do you feel are most important for the incoming pastor to have? (Check up to five)
  1. Administrative/business skills (86)                                   ❑ Managing staff/team-building (153)
  2. Biblical scholarship (210)                                                       ❑ Missions-minded (141)
  3. Developing lay leaders and volunteers (74)                  ❑ Motivator (88)
  4. Evangelism/outreach/soul winner (174)                        ❑ Pastoral care (60)
  5. Fundraising/debt reduction (3)                                          ❑ Preaching/teaching skills (299)
  6. Leadership/vision casting (239)                                          ❑ Relational skills (195)
  7. 4.    The following are activities to which a pastor may dedicate time each week. Check the activities that you feel should be the top time priorities of our new pastor. (Check up to five)
  8. Administration and office work (64)
  9. Attending social gatherings and special events of ministries, classes, and groups in the church (111)
  10. Bible study and prayer (287)
  11. Civic affairs (21)
  12. Correspondence with members by phone, e-mail, and other electronic means (56)
  13. Counseling and advising individuals with personal and spiritual problems (194)
  14. Meeting with ministry leaders who plan and organize ministry activities (232)
  15. Personal soul winning (123)
  16. Sermon preparation (322)
  17. Visiting members in the hospital and in nursing homes (75)
  18. Visiting prospective members (27)
  19. 5.    Which of the following preaching styles most effectively communicate God’s Word to you? (Check up to two)
  20. Expository (preaching through a book of the Bible explaining Biblical truth and life application)(141)
  21. Topical (uses Scripture to address issues, topics, or themes)(97)
  22. Textual (a blend of expository and topical, involves preaching on a section of the Bible as a sermon series)(211)
  23. Narrative (uses storytelling to make the Word of God come to life)(156)
  24. 6.    Compared to our church’s current worship service, would you want the incoming pastor to lead in making any of the following changes? (Check one)
    1. Include more traditional elements(73)                           ❑ Include more blended elements(91)
    2. Include more contemporary elements(27)                   ❑ Do not change the current worship service(142)
    7.    Of the following personality traits or strengths, which do you feel are most important for the incoming pastor to have? (Check up to eight)
  25. Accepting/tolerant (68)               ❑ Enthusiastic (135)                              ❑ Optimistic/upbeat (115)
  26. Adaptable (58)                                ❑ Funny/Humorous (112)                  ❑ Outgoing (69)
  27. Approachable (257)                       ❑ Generous/Giving (28)                     ❑ Patient (37)
  28. Caring (126)                                      ❑ Good Listener (112)                         ❑ Relational (172)
  29. Compassionate (222)                    ❑ Humble (192)                                      ❑ Responsible (72)
  30. Confident (102)                               ❑ Loyal (34)                                              ❑ Transparent/down-to-earth (187)
  31. Detail-oriented (24)                      ❑ Nurturing (72)                                     ❑ Trustworthy (169)
  32. Driven (25)                                        ❑ Open-minded (74)                            ❑ Visionary (112)
  33. 8.    Of the ministry priorities in our church, which of the following do you feel the incoming pastor needs to emphasize most? (Check up to five)
  34. Care for those in need (social compassion)  (132)
  35. Corporate and personal worship (180)
  36. Denominational emphases, programs, and giving (47)
  37. Developing small Bible study groups/classes (67)
  38. Discipleship and spiritual formation (220)
  39. Evangelism of the unchurched (140)
  40. Leadership vision and a compelling plan for the future of the church (164)
  41. Missions (137)
  42. Prayer (240)
  43. Strategies for increasing the number of people who attend the church (29)
  44. Strengthening families (212)
  45. 9.    While ministry to all age groups of the church is important, to which age groups should the incoming pastor help our church focus its attention and resources? (Check up to three)
  46. Nursery/pre-school (9)                                                 ❑ Young adults (age 22-35) (214)
  47. Children (74)                                                                      ❑ Mid-adults (age 35-49) (164)
  48. Youth/teens (145)                                                           ❑ Mid-adults (age 50-64) (80)
  49. College students (99)                                                     ❑ Senior adults (65 and older) (36)
  50. 10. Please share any additional comments you would like to communicate with the church board.                             
    Please complete the following questions about you. We will use this information to be certain that various groups within the church are represented in this survey.
    Gender: ❑ Female (188)     ❑ Male (146)   Total number of surveys completed= 367
    Age: ❑ 12-18 (6)             ❑ 19-29 (22)     ❑ 30-39 (35)      ❑ 40-49 (41)     ❑ 50-59 (52)    ❑ 60+ (188)
    How long have you attended  NFC?
  51. Less than 2 yrs.(8)     ❑ 2-5 yrs.(45)      ❑ 6-10 yrs.(70)   ❑ 11-20 yrs. (103)     ❑ 20+ yrs. (119)
    Membership:
  52. I am a member of Nampa First Church (307)
  53. I am not a church member, but attend church services regularly (44)
  54. I am not a church member, but attend church services occasionally (4)