Diagnostic Questions for Aspiring Pastors

Dave Harvey, Am I Called? The Summons to Pastoral Ministry  (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012), 63–64:

[E]verything we’ll talk about presupposes that your sense of call is focused more on serving the church than on fulfilling a dream.

Here are some questions you should think about now, because they’re going to make a big difference later.

  • What’s your present involvement in a local church? If you were a pastor, would you be any more committed to the church than you already are? What does your answer say about you?
  • If you were offered a position serving your present church as a pastor, would you take it? Why or why not?
  • If you were asked to take the pastorate at a church where you didn’t know anybody and nobody knew you, what would influence your decision to take it or not?
  • Under what circumstances could you see yourself leaving a church you were shepherding?
  • What is your church’s or denomination’s accepted practice of training and deploying pastors? Where do you agree with this practice? Where do you have questions about it?
  • If you were asked by a church you were pastoring to step down in favor of another man leading the church, would you look for another church to pastor, or would you remain at the church as a faithful member? What would determine your next move?

Mike Bullmore: “I will be putting this book to regular use with young men at my church.”


  1. says

    Cheers Andy – enjoyed reading the free pdf of the opening chapter. What do you make of the term ‘calling’ when it comes to ministry? Over here in England it’s pretty common across the breadth of churches but is less used in conservative evangelical churches, essentially due to it becoming quite a fluffy thing and often misused in replacing the biblical qualifications of an elder.
    What do you reckon?
    I put some thoughts down http://hamage.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/the-call-to-ministry/

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