Aug 01

Popular Post #1: Questions to Ask When Hiring a Youth Pastor

I’m reposting my Top Ten popular posts while I’m away on vacation.  #1 is “Questions To Ask When Hiring A Youth Pastor”.  It was originally posted in 2009.

I have been helping a local church hire a their next Youth Pastor, and was asked to give them some questions to help sift through their resume’ pile.  Here are some questions I recommended they ask ask during round #1 to see if their potential finalists have a solid foundation.  Any other questions come to mind?  Leave a comment and perhaps I will pass them on.


  • Tell us about yourself? Likes, dislikes, family, hobbies, etc.
  • Please share your faith journey?
  • How would you describe your faith journey now?
  • Please explain your call to youth ministry?
  • How has God affirmed your calling?  How has God blessed your calling?
  • What attracted you to apply for this position?
  • Is YM a life-long calling for you (as you know at this point), or do you see yourself in a different role in ministry 5/10 years from now?
  • Looking at your personal gifting/passions, how would you prioritize the three typical roles a Youth Pastor: Leading, Teaching, and Shepherding?


  • What is your vision for a healthy YM in the local church (this should be more of the 30k foot view of YM, not what programs they want to implement.)
  • What is your philosophy of YM?
  • What is your philosophy of programs/programming in YM?
  • What role do parents take in your vision for YM?
  • What role do you see volunteer leaders play in your ministry?


  • What are your theological positions on some of the major doctrines of faith? (God, Jesus Christ, Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Scripture, etc.)
  • What authors (past and present) have shaped your theological convictions?


  • Please describe some of the successes you have had in YM?
  • Please describe some failures you have had in YM?
  • Please describe your past church experience?
  • Please describe your experience working in a team environment?


  • Who has been an influence for you as you have developed your ministry skills?
  • What kind of counseling training have you had?
  • What kind of adolescent development training have you had?

  • HR Pro

    You do realize it’s illegal to ask about family, right?

  • Bobo

    Who gives a flyin flip…ask anything you want