Aug 01

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Youth Pastor

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

  • TrueBeliever

    Untrue. It may be illegal to discriminate based on family and asking about it opens you up to liability, sure, but simply asking is no illegal, per se.

    You conflate illegality with conservatism there.