Part of the interview process, for both the hiring organization and potential candidate, is asking questions. And, in all of the opportunities that I've explored in the past couple of months, I've tried my best to develop some that can really show me what a church is all about.
In a few of the churches that I've talked with, the questions that I've asked have been met with one of my least favorite answers: "I don't know. We've just always done it that way." This answer always makes my ears perk up a little because it's usually an indicator of something that's not right. Most of the time it means that something was put into place because it met a need and, because it worked, was never brought back to the examination table to see if things could be improved. This is how sacred cows are conceived.
I'm looking for a church that is committed to finding the best way to meet the needs of its target audience.
I think that the best way to do this is to consistently re-examine ourselves. Why do we do what we do? Why do we do it that way? Is it meeting its intended purpose? Could it be made better?
I want to be a part of a church that is willing to ask the tough questions, even if it results in being uncomfortable. That's the only way to be healthy and grow...