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1. What aspects of ministry are you most passionate about and why?
List of Clergy Interview Questions
  1. What aspects of ministry are you most passionate about and why?
  2. What interests you the most about this possible new opportunity?
  3. Would you say you are an inspiring speaker?
  4. How many hours do you believe it requires to be a clergy person?
  5. How do you get youth involved in your church?
  6. Tell me about a time when you failed to help an individual, what happened?
  7. Our church is declining in attendance, what efforts will you make to bring back attendance?
  8. Was there ever a point in your career where you did not have time to write a sermon, what did you do?
  9. What point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a clergy person?
  10. Do you enjoy giving bible study?
  11. Tell me your number one reason for being a clergy person?
  12. Tell me about a time when you helped an individual more than you previously had expected?
  13. Tell me about the best sermon you have given?
  14. If you had more time to serve, what activity or duty would you choose?
  15. What was your most inspirational sermon?
  16. What classes have you created that had a positive response?
  17. Tell me about the most difficult experience dealing with an individual and how you overcame it to help this individual?
  18. How long do you prefer your sermons to go?
  19. Would you like your church to be involved in church softball leagues, basketball leagues, volleyball leagues, etc?
  20. Do you have any activities for senior citizens planned?
  21. What is your favorite activity as a clergy person?
  22. Are you involved in the high tech sermons given by more modern churches, for example, using power point slides during your sermon?
Contributing Author
Diana D'Souza
HR Professional
Clergy Information
August 17th, 2017

A clergy professional is a spiritual leader. Clergy professionals are referred to by different names in different religions. Catholic clergy professionals are called priests. Jewish spiritual leaders are known as rabbis. In the Protestant Christian religion they are known as pastors or ministers and in the Islamic religion, they are known as imams. In general, clergy professionals perform all types of religious ceremonies including weddings, naming ceremonies, coming of age rituals and funerals. They also promote their religious learnings, read from holy texts and offer faith-based comfort to people of the community. Their distinct duties vary widely depending on their religion. Each religion has their own unique beliefs which guide their rituals and protocol.

Becoming a clergy professional requires advanced education, preferably a Master's degree in theology or religious studies. A bachelor's degree may also be acceptable provided that you meet all other criteria. Clergy professionals must have excellent listening, interpersonal and public speaking skills as much of the job involves hearing the trials of the different members of their community, offering them hope and advice and speaking to the community. Most importantly, clergy professionals must be passionate about helping others.

During your interview for this role, the interviewer will ask you questions to assess whether or not you are genuinely passionate about helping others and are willing to put others before yourself. You will be asked questions about your beliefs and may be given a mock situation to gauge your response. Take the time to go through mock interview questions so you know what questions to expect and are better prepared with strong, confident answers.
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