79 Questions to Ask a Potential Worship Pastor

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questionmarkGreg Atkinson recently posted about how his campus is seeking a new Worship Pastor and he posted his list of possible discussion points for the world to read. We considered the list an extremely valuable starting place for a potential interview for any staff position. Here are his 79 questions:

  • What is your definition of worship?
  • Describe what worship looks like and why it’s more that music.
  • What does it mean to live a lifestyle of worship?
  • Do you have a theology of worship?
  • Do you have a personal mission statement?
  • Explain your call to ministry.
  • Explain your specific call to be a lead worshiper.
  • Have you studied at a Bible college or seminary? (this can be both good and bad – as far as seminary)
  • Do you have a good grasp of the Bible, theology and consider yourself to be of sound doctrine?
  • We are a Southern Baptist church with a non-denominational feel (we don’t use “Baptist” in our name and brand ourselves as Forest Park) – however, are you baptistic in your beliefs and in agreement with Baptist doctrine? (This is important to both me and our Senior Pastor)
  • Do you play an instrument? Do you lead from an instrument?
  • The Bible instructs us to “play skillfully.” Do you work at your craft? Do you exercise your voice and practice your instrument daily?
  • How often do you introduce a new song?
  • Do you write any of your own songs?
  • Do you arrange songs? Do you arrange old hymns and breathe new life into them occasionally? (We don’t do a lot of hymns)
  • What are some of your musical influences?
  • What are you listening to in your car, office and iPod?
  • Can you coach a band and get the most out of them?
  • Do you know how to give professional musicians direction?
  • Do you know how to give weak or poor musicians direction?
  • What are some of your core or favorite songs these days?
  • Who are some of your favorite Christian songwriters?
  • Who are some of your favorite non-Christian songwriters?
  • How familiar are you with media, tech (sound, video and lights)?
  • Are you comfortable and competent recruiting and building a team of musicians?
  • Are you comfortable and competent recruiting and building a tech team? (We have a Multi-site Tech Director that will train people you recruit. You just need to find them.)
  • Flat out: Are you a team builder?
  • Are you an equipper or a doer?
  • Can you work hard and play hard?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • Do you have a sense of humor?
  • Can you handle pranks?
  • Are you engaging in worship and do you connect well with people from the stage?
  • Do you engage and connect well with people off the stage?
  • Can you administrate and schedule musicians and tech team members weekly?
  • How far out do you plan?
  • How would you describe your abilities when it comes to creative worship planning and brainstorming?
  • Do you plan worship in solo or are you a part of a creative planning team?
  • Are you more creative or administrative?
  • Are you a people person?
  • Are you in a small group?
  • Could you lead a small group?
  • Would you disciple your worship team and volunteers?
  • Are you comfortable in a multi-site environment (most of our teaching is done via video)?
  • Have you taken the StrengthsFinder2.0 test? If so, what are your top 5 strengths?
  • What are you top 3 Spiritual Gifts?
  • Are you looking to settle down and invest in a community for a long time? (This is important as we’ve had some turnover in the past and our church needs some consistent leadership)
  • Have you read the book Simple Church? Are you familiar and comfortable with the “Simple Church” philosophy? At Forest Park, we worship, grow and serve – that’s it. No musicals, no Passion Plays, no choirs, no orchestras. SIMPLE.
  • Are you passionate about reaching the lost?
  • Are you comfortable with an externally-focused church?
  • Read through the 3 Lost Parables in Luke 15 and share with me what you think God was trying to get across about His heart for the lost.
  • Will you do whatever it takes to reach people for Christ?
  • Are you a team player?
  • Do you have a strong work ethic?
  • Are you driven? What drives you?
  • Are you an intentional and strategic leader? Explain.
  • Do you have a mentor?
  • Do you mentor anyone else?
  • How long have you been leading worship?
  • Do you get pure joy in leading people into the Presence of God?
  • Are you a Mac or PC person?
  • Do you use tracks?
  • Are you comfortable playing with a click?
  • Explain your struggle with pride. I ask because I’ve yet to meet a pastor (Worship Pastor or Senior Pastor) that doesn’t struggle at least a little at some point with pride.
  • Do you struggle with porn?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What would your wife say is a weakness for you?
  • What are the last 3 books you read?
  • Who are some of your favorite authors?
  • Do you know who A.W. Tozer is? Have you read any of his work?
  • Who are some of your favorite preachers?
  • What’s your favorite movie?
  • What’s your favorite sport?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • Who is the greatest boss you’ve ever had and why?
  • What conferences do you go to?
  • Who do you think are the leaders in design today (name companies that have a strong brand)?
  • Why are you looking for a new church?

What would you add? What question catches your attention the most?


Greg Atkinson has been writing, speaking and training Church leaders since 2000. Greg has spoken at numerous conferences has written for various magazines, newsletters, e-zines, blogs. Greg is a sought-after consultant – specializing in areas such as social media, innovation, worship, strategy, technology, worship, creative communication, and engaging the senses in corporate worship. Greg owns a social media marketing company called GTK Solutions, which works with businesses in the area of social media and increasing their business, growing and interacting with customers and creating and maintaining their online presence and brand. GTK Solutions is led by a team based in Dallas, Salt Lake City and Portland, OR.

Greg is now the Campus Pastor at Forest Park Carthage (a multi-site church in southwest Missouri) and lives with his wife and their three children in Carthage, Missouri.

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  • ddegarmo@churchoftheking.com

    Describe your personal worship/devotional life?
    Is it consistent, vibrant, and fresh?
    What is the difference between worshiping and being a worshipper?

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